NV Henri Giraud Blanc de Craie Brut
The Giraud house is one of only a handful few houses (Krug is another sample) that conduct primary fermentations in oak. Described by leading wine critic Robert Parker as "the finest Champagne house virtually no one has ever heard of". It has an inviting nose of citrus, hazelnut, acacia and honeysuckle offering awesome restraint and refinement. The palate is riper and more colourful, uncovering pineapple, lychee, roses and almonds, and toasted brioche. The finish is very long with a note of minerality bringing freshness and leaving you wanting more.