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Henri Giraud Argonne 2012

Mix 12
£362.00
Mix 6
£364.00
Per Bottle
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Description & Technical Information
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Just covered with a gold foil, Argonne provides shelter for the fusional relationship, between the vine and the forest, of these two great historical terroirs in which the Champagne and its aura were built in the 18th century.
This cuvée relates the symbiosis between the Aÿ wine and the Argonne forest of which big oaks have been used to age all the Champagne wines until the middle of the 20th century. Fermented and aged in new wood for 15 months.

Weather:The 2012 weather has been hallmarked by many as very challenging but has created some stunning Champagne. Relatively low yields due to various weather conditions throughout the year. The winter months brought some frosts and hail which damaged the early stages of bud burst. August and September were very warm and this helped rescue and give the grapes a stunning maturity.

Technical Information:
Vineyards:
Grape Varieties: 90% Pinot Noir | 10% Chardonnay
Fermentation: Vinified and raised in new barrels from the Argonne Forest.
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Disgorged: April 2020
Dosage: 6 g/l
Alcohol: 12.5%
Drink: Now to 2045

Tasting Note: Unwinding in the glass with aromas of tarte tatin, mint, honeycomb, mirabelle plums, toasted bread and spices. Full-bodied, vinous and intensely concentrated, it's layered and elegantly muscular, with lively acids and a seamless, structured profile.
Champagne Henri Giraud Overview
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Expert Reviews
97/100
William Kelley
“The 2012 Brut Grand Cru Aÿ Argonne is brilliant, unwinding in the glass with aromas of tarte tatin, mint, honeycomb, mirabelle plums, toasted bread and spices. Full-bodied, vinous and intensely concentrated, it's layered and elegantly muscular, with lively acids and a seamless, structured profile. Only 5,000 bottles were produced, aged in entirely new barrels from the forest that lends this cuvée its name.”