Henri Giraud Champagne, a house managed by Claude Giraud from an old family settled in Aÿ for many generations, on a vineyard mainly located on the mountain of Aÿ. Aÿ, a prestigious name forever linked to the region’s history, whose wines have been ranked among the world’s best wines for at least 10 centuries. Kings of France always wished to own a vineyard in Aÿ. Henri IV, King of France, even was called “Sir of Aÿ”. Until 1887, wine from the Champagne region were called “wines of Aÿ”, and after this date, they acquired the designation “Champagne”. Today, 323 Champagne wines can produce Champagne, but only 17 are legally classified “Grands Crus”. Aÿ, classified Grand Cru, is the geographic, qualitative, and historic heart of the Champagne region. The vine on this mythic land are rooted in a deep calcareous soil, to draw from it extraordinary expressions that are mineral and floral.
Between the death of HENRI IV and the birth of DOM PERIGNON, FRANCOIS HEMART (1625-1705) firmly planted the roots of our family, GIRAUD-HEMART, in the territory and in the annals of Aÿ. The power and fullness of the Coteaux d'Aÿ Matured as it breathes in small oak casks. Composition 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, harvested exclusively from the vineyards of Aÿ. Fermented in temperature-regulated vats and raised for six months in small oak casks. The deep, amber-tinted colour is a mark of its raising process. The fine and generous bubbles form an attractive and constantly renewed bubble trail. A very fine nose with the elegance and freshness of honeysuckle, yellow fruit and green almonds with a pleasant dash of mint. To the palate Great elegance, round and delectable, savours of pair with yellow fruit and dried apricots, with finish featuring orange zest and chocolate. A subtle balance between the smooth meatiness of this wine and the chalky, fresh notes in its finish. Its power and strong personality open up a wide gastronomic choice ranging from bass in fennel to pork tenderloin in honey, or duck with citrus fruit and turnip conserve.