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2012 Champagne Henri Giraud, Argonne Aÿ Grand Cru Brut

This is an extraordinary, hand-crafted Champagne with aromas of strawberries, spice, dried apples, clementines and subtle bread dough. Dried oranges, too. Full-bodied, yet so tight, compact and powerful with a solid core of fruit and a finish that goes on forever. 90% pinot noir and 10% chardonnay, all from the village of Aÿ and fermented and aged in new wood for 15 months. Then aged in bottle. Superb structure and complexity. One for the cellar.

Region:

Champagne, France

Body:

Light-Medium

Grape Variety:

90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay

Awards and Reviews:

99 / 100, James Suckling; Top 100 Wines of 2020

Style:

Sparkling