Cult Collctable 98 Point Champagne - Only 8,000 Bottles Released
The newly-released Henri Giraud PR90-19 is an absolutely fascinating Champagne that enthusiasts won’t want to miss. Made from Henri Giraud’s unique ‘perpetual reserve’ – a solera style blend of vintages from 1990 all the way through to 2019, this is layered, complex and deeply impressive Champagne rated at a massive 98 points by Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
Henri Giraud is a phenomenal producer, one that takes the concept of attention to detail to a whole new level. It has paid off as, for Galloni, “consistency is one of the hallmarks of elite domaines, and Giraud has been at the top for some time”. A huge part of this consistency comes from the perpetual reserve, a decades-old blend of multiple vintage wines that ensures tremendous quality across releases.
This one is a gem. A Pinot Noir-dominated blend, it is “luxuriously lithe and lively, built around a depth of concentrated fruit richness that is precisely fused with vibrant and supple acidity” and, no doubt thanks to the long ageing process, “Not a single bubble pokes out of place” for Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
A phenomenal new release from a producer of which Robert Parker once said “[it] may be the finest Champagne house virtually no one has ever heard of.” Do take a look and let us know if you would like to secure a case or two of this magnificent rarity.
NV Henri Giraud, PR90-19
£690 per case (6*75cl OC) in bond – Sold Out
98 points Lisa Perrott-Brown
The 100% solera-based PR 90-19 is an 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay blend. As with all the Giraud wines, it was barrel fermented in Argonne oak and has a minimum of 3 years on lees before disgorgement. This light rose-gold tinted wine is a vinous style of champagne that, except for two persistent columns of pin-head-sized bubbles, would easily fool the eye as a still wine. From an inch above the glass, the nose catches alluring notes of bruised apple, chestnut honey, orange blossom, and dried persimmon that slowly amplify in intensity to reveal a faint toastiness and whiff of salinity. The mouthfeel is luxuriously lithe and lively, built around a depth of concentrated fruit richness that is precisely fused with vibrant and supple acidity. The acid interplay is a stunner—like fluid energy tightly woven into condensed freshness. Not a single bubble pokes out of place. The 5g/l dosage puts this champagne in the extra brut territory, but all the fruit ripeness adds a lovely buoyancy to a long, clean finish. 8000 bottles were produced for sale. The Lot tasted here was disgorged on 13 January 2023. All disgorgement dates are etched on the bottle for full traceability.
Offered subject to final confirmation. Available in around 4 weeks.
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