Henri Giraud


Henri Giraud Cuvée Espirit Nature NV|Brut|NV

Winemaking

Winemaking


Aged 3 Years on Lees Partial Barrel-fermentation

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit


Peach White Peach

Red Fruits

Red Fruits


Raspberry Wild Strawberry

Herbs & Spices

Herbs & Spices


Sage

Aÿ

Aÿ

What to expect


This is the new vision and name for the Esprit Nature using a new wine vessel, which is the concrete egg that makes up 60% of the base wine with the remainder coming from barrels sourced from the Argonne Forest. The wine only ages for 6 months in both of these vessels and then rests on its lees for up to 36 months, rounding out the body and adding some palate weight to it. This is predominantly Aÿ pinot noir at 80% and the rest chardonnay. 

Lifted red apple, some rose petal notes. Delicate and vibrant with lots of expression. The palate is light and fresh with fleshy white peach fruit. The concrete eggs are more porous than oak allowing a little more oxygen into the wine. This also allows for a different aromatic profile to say stainless steel, which in our view allows for that very expressive nose.

"Giraud’s line-up kicks off with a characterful cuvée that contrasts an invitingly rich, fruitful expression of Aÿ pinot noir with the depth and complexity of 50% reserves matured in small oak barrels. It’s swimming with juicy strawberries and raspberries, accented with notes of sage and salt bush, underscored by salty chalk minerality and softly integrated acidity."

Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2018-2019

$89.00

Club Price $84.55 (?)

Winemaking

Winemaking


Aged 3 Years on Lees Partial Barrel-fermentation

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit


Peach White Peach

Red Fruits

Red Fruits


Raspberry Wild Strawberry

Herbs & Spices

Herbs & Spices


Sage

What to expect


This is the new vision and name for the Esprit Nature using a new wine vessel, which is the concrete egg that makes up 60% of the base wine with the remainder coming from barrels sourced from the Argonne Forest. The wine only ages for 6 months in both of these vessels and then rests on its lees for up to 36 months, rounding out the body and adding some palate weight to it. This is predominantly Aÿ pinot noir at 80% and the rest chardonnay. 

Lifted red apple, some rose petal notes. Delicate and vibrant with lots of expression. The palate is light and fresh with fleshy white peach fruit. The concrete eggs are more porous than oak allowing a little more oxygen into the wine. This also allows for a different aromatic profile to say stainless steel, which in our view allows for that very expressive nose.

"Giraud’s line-up kicks off with a characterful cuvée that contrasts an invitingly rich, fruitful expression of Aÿ pinot noir with the depth and complexity of 50% reserves matured in small oak barrels. It’s swimming with juicy strawberries and raspberries, accented with notes of sage and salt bush, underscored by salty chalk minerality and softly integrated acidity."

Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2018-2019

About the house

About the house


Food suggestion

One of our favourite maisons, Henri Giraud has been making champagnes of character and spirit for generations. Located in Aÿ, the former capital of wine growing in the Champagne region, as it produced red wines of distinction. Aÿ is a grand cru village, famed for its powerful pinot noir fruit and is also the home of Bollinger, Deutz and Gosset. This is a unique family run maison and has an individual style and a focus on the use of barrel especially from the Argonne Forest, and more recently, clay amphora and concrete eggs. In fact they are aiming to be the first champagne house to move away completely from the use of stainless steel and devote its entire production to oak. Owner Claude Giraud believes in ‘terroir in the forest’ and has worked relentlessly for almost 30 years, understanding this relationship. He created a cuvee named ‘Fût du Chêne’ which embodies this idea. All pinot noir, fermented and aged in barrel. He is famous for stating, “history knows of no great wines without great forests.” If you like characterful champagnes with power and class explore this maison, you will not be disappointed.

Food suggestion


This is very much an aperitif champagne, some freshly shucked oysters wouldn't go astray.