Henri Giraud "Code Noir" Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Champagne N.V. (Ay, Champagne, France) - [RP 91] [AG 90]

Henri Giraud "Code Noir" Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Champagne N.V.
(Ay, Champagne, France) - [RP 91] [AG 90]

Regular price $170.00 Sale price $139.97 Save $30.03

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RP91 AG90
Notes from the Winemaker:

Made exclusively of black grapes, the CODE NOIR Cuvée is strong in character. It will regale you with the authentic story of Champagne, and will tell you more still if you succeed in decrypting its code.

A luminous and delicate blonde colour, crowned with creamy foam.

A mature and fine nose of beautiful complexity, with cooked pair and cherries, opening out to gourmet notes of yellow flowers, peaches, vanilla and white pepper and then warming to finely spiced perfumes of honey, hinting at a glowing future.

This is dense, warm and winey, very well balanced, with lively effervescence and beautiful freshness. The tender texture and mellow tannins, added to the crisp, chalky impression of the finish, are typical of how it was raised and enliven a beautiful array of aromas.

Tasting & Serving:
CODE NOIR is a brilliant and nuanced romantic, asserting its personality and always ready to seduce. Served at 8°C, it is a refreshing aperitif, while at 12°C, it will enhance quality poultry, veal or fish in cream sauce.

GRANDS NOIRS raised in oak from the Forest of Argonne, Champagne’s historic forest.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A pure Ay Pinot matured in new Argonne barrels for a year, Giraud NV Brut Code Noir Disg. 3/2012 is named for the cracking of vitis vinifera’s genome, in 2007 – utilizing Pinot – by a team of several dozen scientists, some half of whom were French. A lovely nose of sour cherry and ripe tomato leads to a luscious palate laced with bittersweetly invigorating citrus oils and saliva-liberating salinity. At once robust and vivacious, this energetic expression of its grape, village, and author isn’t the least encumbered – or, indeed, in any obvious way even influenced – by its new oak, a tribute Giraud would no doubt credit to that wood’s provenance (or should I say its terroir?). I would plan on following this bottling for at least several years." - David Schildknecht (Nov 2013)

90 Points - Vinous Media:
"Giraud's NV Code Noir is a good stepping stone to some of the more important Cuvées in the house. Candied lemon, almonds, white flowers and crushed rocks all take shape on the classic sense of Aÿ volume in a gorgeous, resonant Champagne to drink now and over the next few years. Code Noir is 100% Pinot Noir, but its freshness and floral overtones are quite reminiscent of Chardonnay. Because of the wine's mid-weight structure, the oak is a bit apparent. Otherwise, this is a fine showing. This bottle was disgorged on September 2, 2013." - Antonio Galloni (March 2014)