Henri Giraud Esprit de Giraud Blanc de Blancs

Cuvee: Blanc de Blancs
Vintage: Multi-Vintage
Pleasure dressed in festive ­finery in Champagne for sharing with friends, Champagne for every occasion.

The Blend
Pure Chardonnay fermented in a thermo-regulated vat over whole lees.

Tasting Notes
A fresh aspect, with a beautiful golden yellow colour, touched by light green highlights. Its ­fine bubbles dance a lively, joyous ballet. The foam resembles a crystalline crown.

Preserved citrus fruits, fresh hazelnuts and, above all, the ­fine fragrances of spring flowers – acacia, mock orange and honeysuckle – offer a magni­ficent bouquet of great restraint and distinction. Then, its character expands, becoming riper and more exotic, revealing pineapple, lychee, roses and almonds, as well as toasted aromas. A few minutes later, the terroir emerges, mineral hints of limestone and iodine.

In the mouth, the initial impact is very fresh, frank and savoury, without a hint of “bite”, and this is accompanied by an uplifting and “crispy” effervescence. The fi­nish is particularly distinct and mineral (limestone). It has great length, leaving a pleasant sensation that is both acidulous and chalky.

Food Pairing
Here, its aromatic fi­nesse becomes delicacy and its rectitude becomes purity; added to this is the lively, exuberant and tender sparkle. A wine best served at 8°C, to drink on its own, with friends, for a festive occasion or to accompany a gastronomic moment. In this case, go for light dishes with fairly ­firm texture or dry dishes. Salt also poses few problems. This means you could consider grilled fish, shell­fish, pastry-based dishes, dry cheeses (goat, parmesan), etc.
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