Region:   Champagne, Ay Grand Cru

Color:   Golden light amber

Aroma:   Crisp touches of peach and pear, vanilla and spice against a background of lemon preserve.

Tasting Notes:   The mineral notes and light tannins contribute to a long warm finish with silky undertones and aromas of almonds.

Food Pairings:   Delicate fish dishes such as pan seared prawns in a light emulsion sauce, baked oysters casino with julienne of vegetables.

Grape Variety:   70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay

Alcohol Level:   12.5%

Vinification:   Temperature regulated fer-mentation in stainless steel vats for one year without racking over the full lees.

Notes/Facts:  “Claude Giraud makes some of the most unique, individualistic wines in Champagne. All of the wines bear the unmistakable stamp of the Grand Cru vineyards of Ay. The top selections (Code Noir and Fut de Chene) are vinified and aged in oak, which plays an important role in shaping many of the finest wines here. At their best, the Giraud Champagnes offer incredible intensity, class and balance.”  Robert Parker

“This [Brut] is a fabulous non-vintage champagne from Henri Giraud. A very elegant nose with hints of honeysuckle and hazelnut. Firm, precise entry, racy acidity, very well balanced with a lively, almost peppery finish that is imbued with impressive harmony and definition. Wonderful – if only all non-vintage champagnes could be like this.” Jancis Robinson