As we have mentioned in recent offers, Champagne has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, and as such there is always excitement surrounding new releases from the region’s top producers. With this in mind, we are delighted to offer Henri Giraud’s newly released “MV17” Fut de Chêne.
Henri Giraud is a family-owned house that has been producing champagne from Ay’s Grand Cru soils since the 17th century. Generation after generation, the Giraud family has been building a reputation as one of the finest producers in the region with the Ay vineyard now included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list for its outstanding universal value.
The fruit for the Fut de Chêne is sourced exclusively from the Ay Grand Cru and, for the MV17, is based on the 2017 vintage (66%), with the balance coming from the house’s perpetual reserves. There is a perpetual reserve for each cuvée that is produced at Henri Giraud, blended from wines dating back to 1990. This, and the house’s use of oak, is what gives the wine its very particular style.
Though oak fermentation and aging is rare in Champagne – just a few top houses like Bollinger, Krug and Selosse are skilled in the use of oak barrels – at Henri Giraud using oak has always been the way. Each oak tree used is selected by winemaker Sébastien le Golvet, who judges the suitability of the wood long before it is made into barrels. The barrels are toasted very slowly, in house, at a low temperature, to reduce the barrel’s impact on the wine, making for a subtle influence.
Scoring a fantastic 19/20 points from champagne aficionado Matt Jukes, he describes the MV17 as an “extraordinary performance” and states “if you love the wines of Salon, Selosse, Krug, Egly and other mighty Houses, then you will adore the intense fanfare of flavours that accompanies a bottle of Henri Giraud Champagne”.
Henri Giraud’s artisanal approach to winemaking has built them a strong following from those in the know, and their unique Champagnes continue to impress critics worldwide.
With booming global demand on champagne and a buoyant secondary market, on release is currently the best time to buy from top producers such as Henri Giraud.
These wines are due in next month so do let me know if you would like to order, and I can confirm, subject to remaining unsold.
Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne Ay Grand Cru MV17 6x75cl
19/20 Points | Matt Jukes
Made from 100% Grand Cru Aÿ fruit – 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay – with 66% coming from the 2017 vintage. The balance is taken from a perpetual reserve that dates back to 1990. It sees a huge amount of oak, and this forest of staves forms the backdrop to this extraordinary performance. Deep gold in colour, there is a staggeringly full nose of brioche and panettone over an orange zest palate, and toasted almond notes come at you from all angles. The finish is thrillingly long with amazingly bold oak-smoke details.
There is an air of luxury here that verges on the gastronomic as opposed to the vinous, and I swear I can detect notes of foie gras and roast chicken jus! I left a small amount of wine in the bottle with a stopper and tasted it a week later – it was incredible. Still sparkling, densely perfumed, hugely impactful and massively rich. If you love the wines of Salon, Selosse, Krug, Egly and other mighty Houses, then you will adore the intense fanfare of flavours that accompanies a bottle of Henri Giraud Champagne.
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