Champagne Henri Giraud stands as the oldest Champagne house still under the ownership of its founding family, the Giraud-Hemart family. With a legacy of vine farming in Ayis, they have become a distinguished wine producer celebrated for crafting exceptional Champagnes. Henri Giraud embodies excellence through meticulous vineyard management, traditional winemaking techniques, and an unwavering commitment to producing wines that elegantly capture the essence of their terroir with finesse and sophistication.
Winemaking Process: A Champagne originating exclusively from the Ay Grand Cru, matured in tanks for 6 months and then in oak barrels another 6 months.
Tasting notes: The wine is very fine and lingering bubble cord to the opening. The colour is light amber tones. The taste is pear and yellow fruit, dried apricot with a finish on orange zest with a fine chocolate touch.
"The NV Hommage au Pinot Noir is a new wine in this range. Like all the Giraud Champagnes, the Hommage is vinified entirely in oak. The current release is based on 2015, with about 40% reserve wines. Rich and creamy in the glass, but also quite delicate, the Hommage can be enjoyed now or cellared. It captures the radiance and generosity of Aÿ nicely, but in a softer, more approachable style than the flagship wines. I didn't see any of the awkward notes that lurk in so many 2015-based NV Champagnes. " 95/100 Points ,Vinous ( August 2020)
"The NV Hommage au Pinot Noir is another fabulous wine in this range from Giraud. Rich, ample and creamy, the Hommage is so expressive today. The Hommage is 100% Pinot Noir done in an unusual style that sees eleven months in oak followed by six months in tank, an approach that is much more common for white Burgundy. In fact, I have never seen this élevage in Champagne. No matter, though, it all works. Red plum, kirsch, mint, chamomile and spice all meld together effortlessly. The Hommage is rich and generous, but is also light on its feet. This release is based on 2016, with 40% reserve wines." 93/100 Points, Vinous ( March 2021)
Aged in oak: 12 months Grape Varieties: 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.