Henri Giraud Argonne 2012


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Champagne2012Henri Giraud ArgonneBT103,060.001296+ AGAdd to Basket
Champagne2012Henri Giraud Argonne MG103,350.00696+ AGAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

The 2012 Argonne is superb. It is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay vinified in 100% new oak, which is barely perceptible. Silky, nuanced and incredibly refined, the 2012 opens to reveal layers of Mirabelle, dried flowers, orange zest and apricot. The interplay of Aÿ richness and more mineral inflections makes for an absolutely compelling Champagne. Unlike most releases of Argonne, the 2012 needs a few years in bottle to be at its best. Today, it is decidedly taut, but impressive just the same. 2022-2037

Score: 96+Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, August 2020

This is an extraordinary, hand-crafted Champagne with aromas of strawberries, spice, dried apples, clementines and subtle bread dough. Dried oranges, too. Full-bodied, yet so tight, compact and powerful with a solid core of fruit and a finish that goes on forever. 90% pinot noir and 10% chardonnay, all from the village of Ay and fermented and aged in new wood for 15 months. Then aged in bottle. Superb structure and complexity. One for the cellar.

Score: 99James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, August 2020

The bouquet is simply sumptuous with hints of mint and anise, overlying its 'al dente' or slightly crunchy white fruit, along with an enticing grace note of gentle spices. On the palate, the texture is fleshy, almost creamy, but perfectly balanced with remarkable overall precision, and enlivened by the stream... the house’s most emblematic cuvée, Argonne 2012, is also sourced entirely from the Aÿ district. It is aged in 100% new oak barrels from the Argonne forest, with only 5,000 bottles produced. Its singular character and, above all, overall precision and balance make it one of the great Champagnes from this outstanding vintage.

Score: 97Yohan Castaing, Decanter.com, August 2020

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