Henri Giraud Champagne Ay Fut De Chene MV15 750ml

Henri Giraud Champagne Ay Fut De Chene MV15 750ml

$199.99

SKU: 34098

96 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE - Disgorged in March 2020, Giraud's newly released NV Brut Grand Cru Aÿ Fût de Chêne MV15 is terrific, bursting from the glass with aromas of pear, orange oil and peach mingled with nuances of warm pastry, toasted almonds, beeswax and clear honey that's already very nicely integrated. Full-bodied, textural and concentrated, this is a deep and muscular Champagne, with striking structure and vinosity, underpinned by lively acids and complemented by a pinpoint mousse. This was a fascinating tasting at Champagne Henri Giraud, a house well known for its barrel-fermented, muscular and vinous wines. Chef de cave Sébastien Le Golvet, a stonemason by training, explained that Girard farms without pesticides or herbicides and produces their own barrels in collaboration with tonnelleries Chassin, Champenoise, Mercurey and Gauthier. Tirage is just before harvest, so the vins clairs see the better part of a year in wood, on their lees—something that surely helps to account for the textural, patinated house style. Powerful and head turning in their youth, the opportunity to revisit several older wines from the house's library also underscored just how gracefully the Giraud Champagnes can age. As the accompanying reviews attest, I found much to admire and all these releases come warmly recommended. -William Kelly

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