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Champagne Henri Giraud - Argonne (75ml) 2012

Champagne from Champagne · France
£370.00 £325.00
Case Rate: £325.00
Ex Tax: £270.83
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Wine Region: Champagne
Grape: Pinot Noir
Grape Percentage: 90% Pinot Noir - 10% Chardonnay
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 75
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18 pts  JancisRobinson.com
Country:
Wine Region: Champagne
Grape: Pinot Noir
Grape Percentage: 90% Pinot Noir - 10% Chardonnay
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 75

Description

Just covered with gold leaf Argonne shelters the fusional link, between vine and forest, of the two great historical terroirs on which Champagne and its aura were built in the 18th century. 
It tells about the symbiosis between the wine of Aÿ and the forest of Argonne whose great oaks have matured all the wines of Champagne until the middle of the 20th century. 
Sébastien Le Golvet is certainly today the only Cellar Master who masters this living relationship between delicate wine and new oak barrels. 
Only very great vintages can preside over the prolific union of beauty and the beast. In this way, exceptional works that are completely singular and unique in Champagne are born.

Wine tasting notes

This is an extraordinary, hand-crafted Champagne with aromas of strawberries, spice, dried apples, clementines and subtle bread dough. Dried oranges, too. Full-bodied, yet so tight, compact and powerful with a solid core of fruit and a finish that goes on forever.

Expert reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2012) - 18 pts

90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay. Giraud's cuvée based on wine fermented and aged in oak from the nearby Argonne forest. Bottle 1,359 of a very limited edition. Pale apricot colour. A wine (not a champagne) for the table and definitely not designed to be drunk carelessly en aperitif. Gentle mousse and complex toasty notes in the Côte d'Or spectrum – though it reminds me directly neither of white burgundy nor even of red burgundy. Acidity is beautifully counterbalanced by Pinot fruit and a delicately enveloping structure from the oak. I have tasted earlier editions of this wine that seemed more - too - marked by oak. Vibrant and beautiful to drink now, though I don't doubt it will develop further.


James Suckling (2012) - 99 pts

This is an extraordinary, hand-crafted Champagne with aromas of strawberries, spice, dried apples, clementines and subtle bread dough. Dried oranges, too. Full-bodied, yet so tight, compact and powerful with a solid core of fruit and a finish that goes on forever. 90% pinot noir and 10% chardonnay, all from the village of Ay and fermented and aged in new wood for 15 months. Then aged in bottle. Superb structure and complexity. One for the cellar.

Vinification notes

Fermented and aged in new wood for 15 months. Then aged in bottle. Superb structure and complexity