Hommage au Pinot Noir Champagne NV
92 points, “This has a vivacious nose of ripe, fresh fruit, especially red berries, that interplays nicely with spicy and floral notes. The mouthfeel is plush but without a trace of heaviness, as the palate demonstrates perfect poise on its way to a magnificently long and seemingly weightless finish.” – Decanter
Henri Giraud is quite unique in being both one of the oldest Champagne houses and on the cutting-edge of creativity. Hommage au Pinot Noir is a new cuvée that features reserve wines stretching back three decades. This Blanc de Noirs is matured for a total of 54 months: 12 months on the lees in small oak barrels, followed by six months on the fine lees, and a further three years in the bottle. The “super-dense” wine that emerges “demands attention” according to Jancis Robinson MW, who describes it as “full and rich”, as well as “extremely long and powerful.” Time to celebrate and pay homage to the mighty Pinot Noir.
Once referred to by Robert Parker as “the greatest Champagne you’ve never heard of”, Champagne Henri Giraud is a family-run business that has been based in the Grand Cru village of Äy since the 17th Century. In fact, it’s one of the oldest Champagne houses to still be owned by its founding family. Having passed from generation to generation of the Giraud-Hémart family (descendants of Henri IV), the house now finds itself in the hands of Claude Giraud, a true master of old-vine Pinot Noir. What makes this producer so exciting is the lack of stainless steel in their winemaking. They favour the use of terracotta, sandstone, concrete eggs and most importantly, Argonne oak casks. (Trees from the historic Forest of Argonne have been used in the production of Champagne for ten centuries.) Although the popularity of vinification in oak is growing in Champagne, it is still relatively rare, but it places Henri Giraud in the illustrious company of the likes of Krug, Jacques Selosse, Billecart-Salmon and Bollinger. And it also gives Henri-Giraud’s wines a rich, powerful, woody and deeply hedonistic character. The sustainably farmed wines are made in boutique quantities – only 250,000 bottles a year – and in the very fashionable natural wine style, using minimal sulphur. So, now you’ve heard of Henri-Giraud, you just need to decide whether to share or keep them a secret.
£10.53 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3592840
Style No.: 858046
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