GRAPES: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.
VINIFICATION: Vinified and raised in new barrels from the Argonne Forest.
TASTING NOTES AND PAIRING: A mythical cuvée, a treasure of their estate, the culmination of the Henri Giraud experience.
EYE: A beautiful shade of yellow gold.
NOSE: A first delicate nose of vine peach opening on vanilla, followed by violet, which mark a beautiful mineral bitterness.
MOUTH: Precise, vertical, plunging, and immersive, chalk, salt, iodine.
William Kelley, September 2021 Week 4, The Wine Advocate: The 2013 Brut Grand Cru Aÿ Argonne is the latest in a series of superb releases from Giraud. Unwinding in the glass with notes of buttered toast, crisp yellow orchard fruit, honeycomb, warm spices and ripe stone fruits, it's full-bodied, deep and vinous, with a layered core of concentrated fruit, incisive acids and an elegant pearly mousse. Long and penetrating, it's finer-boned than its richer, more muscular 2012 predecessor; but like that more structured wine, it will reward bottle age.