Champagne Henri Giraud Brut HommageBlend from France
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"Eye: The deep, amber-tinted color is a mark of its raising process. The fine and generous bubbles form an attractive & constantly renewed bubble trail. Nose: A very fin...
- 93 Wine Spectator
- 93 International Wine Report
- 92 Wine & Spirits
93 Wine Spectator
"Rich and expressive, with racy acidity creating a mouthwatering frame for the finely woven tapestry of apricot preserves, toasted brioche, candied ginger and lemon curd. This is long and lacy on the elegant finish of spice and graphite. Disgorged June 2016. Drink now through 2022. 4,165 cases made. — AN"
93 International Wine Report
"The 'Hommage Francois Hemart' from Henri Giraud is a fantastic blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, which was aged 3 years on its lees in stainless steel. The complex aromas of pear, green apple, toasted brioche, wet stones, key lime, smoke, vanilla, and flowers are absolutely gorgeous as they jump out of the glass. This possesses a beautiful elegance with exceptional focus and purity as well as wonderful minerality. The finish dazzles with lively acidity and beautiful freshness. (Best 2014-2019) - August, 2014 (MD)"
92 Wine & Spirits
"François Hémart, an ancestor of Claude Giraud, founded this estate in the 17th century. This cuvée comes entirely from the grand cru vineyards of Aÿ, a blend of pinot noir (70 percent) and chardonnay that ages six months in tank and another six months in barrel. It’s the freshest and most lively of the Giraud wines we tasted, with acidity that feels austere, almost jagged and gruff, before it binds with the quince and apple flavors. It’s a little briny, with buttery green olive notes and dry toast flavors. A gastronomic Champagne, this is not meant for aperitifs, but rather for something as rich as the chicken livers with snails at Rouge Tomate in NYC"
"Eye: The deep, amber-tinted color is a mark of its raising process. The fine and generous bubbles form an attractive & constantly renewed bubble trail.
Nose: A very fine nose with the elegance & freshness of honeysuckle, yellow fruit & green almonds with a pleasant dash of mint.
To the palate Great elegance, round & delectable, savors of pair with yellow fruit & dried apricots, with finish featuring orange zest & chocolate. A subtle balance between the smooth meatiness of this wine & the chalky, fresh notes in its finish." - Importer
93 - Wine Spectator
93 - International Wine Report
92 - Wine & Spirits
|Varietal(s)||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
|Taste||ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry, mushroom, apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|
|Nose||barnyard, cherry, plum, game, tomato, apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|