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Champagne Henri Giraud Hommage F. H. Ay Grand Cru

Had a barbecue at home on SUN as the weather continues to be above the May’s average and it feels more and more like mid summer. As it was rather hot outside, I decided to choose a wine with a lower alcohol level. I’m not sure how it happens that, lately, my cellar visits stop in front of the cases with Champagne. It must be fate.

I was eager to try this Champagne and, noticing the 12% alcohol on the back label, it seemed to be a good choice for an easy going fizz on a hot summer day. I could not have been more wrong.

Champagne Henri Giraud Hommage F. H. Ay Grand Cru

This Champagne is produced and elevated as a great white wine: it is harvested from Grand Cru vineyards, it spends 6 months on its lees in stainless steel tanks and then aged in small oak barrel for another 6 months prior to the secondary fermentation in bottle. The barrels use the same oak as Dom Perignon. The end result is a serious and rich fizz. Blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.

Pale gold color with rich foam and very smooth and rich bubbles. Complex nose that reveals itself in stages, great intensity of aromas, that start initially with oak, blending in quickly, classy citrus fruit, marzipan and plenty of yeast, revealing small red berry fruits, lime and apple pie with aeration. This is really big in the mouth, full bodied with slightly oxidative notes, extremely vinous, it has the richness of a great white Burgundy. Lush on the palate, showing the combined creaminess and complexity of a fine sparkling and a still white wine. Long finish, with refined citrus fruit flavors. This is serious Champagne and a regular white wine glass, to give more space for aeration, is more suitable than a normal flute glass to serve it in. Also, decanting for at least 30 minutes can only benefit this sparkling wine. A compelling Champagne experience. (92-93/100)

Categories: Champagne, France
  1. cao
    May 8, 2012 at 13:29

    why were you wrong? because champagne doesn’t suit barbecue?

    • May 8, 2012 at 13:36

      I was wrong because I was expecting an easy going, unpretentious Champagne, and it was a complex and rich sparkling. No complaints about that from me. It was really, a very pleasant and unexpected surprise.

  1. June 7, 2012 at 16:41

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