Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne Brut Champagne

SKU #1153970 94 points Antonio Galloni

 The NV Brut Fût de Chêne is a big departure from previous years. A gorgeous, striking wine, the Fût de Chêne impresses for its weightless, gracious personality. The essence of the Giraud house style comes through beautifully here. The vintage Fût de Chêne was always impressive, but at times heavy, as shown by a complete vertical I did here a few years ago. This new release is flat-out gorgeous. In many ways, it is a direct link with the Hommage bottling, but with more complexity, pedigree and nuance. This release is 50% 2005 vintage and 50% reserve wines, vinified in oak (20% new) and aged for six years on its lees.  (5/ 2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Elegant, with a fine, creamy mousse, delicate acidity and layered notes of toasted almond, black cherry, honey, crème de cassis and lots of ground clove, anise and ginger. The minerally underpinning holds sway on the finish. Disgorged October 3, 2012. Drink now through 2023.  (8/ 2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A multi-vintage assemblage consisting of 70-30 Pinot-Chardonnay, Giraud’s NV Brut Fut De Chene Disg. 3/2012 exhibits resinous – almost coniferous – overtones that point toward wood, in this case new oak from the Argonne....But these wood-borne elements nicely segue into intimations of ocean spray, as well as white peach, grapefruit and lemon that form the luscious basis for this bottling’s sappy, substantial yet vivacious palate. In its gripping and almost blatantly intense finish, too, this wine’s faintly resinous, woody edge manages to dovetail into bittersweet citrus oils, ripe peach, and mouthwatering salinity. Plan to follow it for 3-5 years. (I wouldn’t be surprised to witness it performing impressively thereafter, but lack the experience with Giraud’s singular wines to predict.) (DS)  (11/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This multi-vintage blend is composed of the 2002, 2004 and 2005 harvests and is entirely estate grown fruit from the grand cru of Ay. It has been vinified in oak barrels and is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/25/2014  | Send Email
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Henri Giraud is the only producer in Champagne to use the oak of the Argonne forest for fermenting and aging his wines. This is evident in this gorgeous release of the Fut de Chene, which offers richness, nuttiness, and extreme complexity. The Argonne oak adds to this complexity and it never overwhelms. It is a component that adds depth and richness. Initially full on the forefront and the mid-palate, the almond, apple, brioche and apricot flavors finish with surprising acidity, minerality, salinity and notes of honey. This champagne is perfectly suited to main courses of white and (light) red meats or game bird. Those of you who are Champagne collectors (and lovers) should really consider this beautiful bubbly and step outside of the box! This producer has a very small production of 25,000 bottles, for ALL of their selections, so this bottling is sure to sell quickly. Don't wait!
Drink from 2014 to 2029

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.
Alcohol Content (%): 12