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New Release: Henri Giraud MV18, "a Champagne of notable purity and finesse" (Galloni)

*New release of one of Champagne’s cult collectable cuvees*
*Based around the stellar 2018 Champagne vintage*
*Very limited production*

We are delighted to offer the latest release from cult Champagne producer Henri Giraud. A tiny production multi-vintage blend based around the exceptional 2018 Champagne harvest, the MV18 is a gem of a Champagne that collectors and connoisseurs should have in the cellar. 

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”

The MV18 is fascinating. A blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, two-thirds comes from the 2018 vintage and the final this from a ‘perpetual reserve’ of aged wines that was begun in 1990 and that adds immense complexity and character.

The component parts here are stellar, as Yohan Castaing says in Decanter “Recent reports confirm that the 2018 vintage is truly exceptional for Champagne. Special mention goes to the Pinot Noir, which ripened perfectly”With such a high proportion of 2018 Pinot Noir in the blend, the MV18 is, therefore, a wine of immense potential.

Production is microscopic, with just a couple of thousand cases in a typical MV release.

Details are below:

Henri Giraud, MV18 Ay Grand Cru
(6*75cl OC) @ £765 per case in bond 
94 points Antonio Galloni
The MV 18 is a classic Giraud Champagne. Apricot jam, tangerine peel, spice, honey and hazelnut give this mid-weight, classy Champagne tons of complexity and nuance. Readers will find a Champagne of notable purity and finesse. There’s plenty of Giraud intensity, but in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. The blend is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, all from Aÿ, based on 2018, with a blend of reserve wines that span vintages 1990 through 2017. Disgorged: November 14, Drink 2023-2032
Offered subject to final confirmation. Available in the UK in around 4 weeks.

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