Contemporaries of Henri IV and his descendants, the Hémart family settled permanently in Aÿ at the beginning of the 17th century. Their history took root there and became closely interwoven with the momentous historical events relating to champagne from the 18th century onwards. At the opening of the 20th century, Léon Giraud, cuirassier in the battle of the Marne, married a Miss Hémart. He reconstructed the magnificent family vineyard, which had been ravaged by phylloxera. To achieve this, he used the latest techniques : the grafting of vines (vitis vinifera) on the cuttings taken from certain American vines. In the first place, our non-vintage brut, the result of skilful blending, is the hallmark of our maison. This wine reflects the character of the vinegrowers, men of even temperament with a mischievous sparkle in their eyes, who have acquired the necessary expertise and ingenuity to shoulder the hard work involved in overcoming the hazards of the weather. Thus conveying the same message, the same passion and the same magic for every bottle opened, day after day, year after year. The vineyards set the scene for the orchestra conductor who presides over each vintage wine with his talents of maestro : a challenge he accepts at every harvest. The audacity with which he directs a majestic symphony or a modest concerto, is remarkable. Today, the 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family, in the person of Claude Giraud, is in charge of the fortunes of the family business.
A fresh aspect, with a beautiful golden yellow colour, touched by light green highlights. Its fine bubbles dance a lively, joyous ballet. The foam resembles a crystalline crown. The bouquet shows preserved citrus fruits, fresh hazelnuts and, above all, the fine fragrances of spring flowers – acacia, mock orange and honeysuckle – offer a magnificent bouquet of great restraint and distinction. Then, its character expands, becoming riper and more exotic, revealing pineapple, lychee, roses and almonds, as well as toasted aromas. A few minutes later, the terroir emerges, mineral hints of limestone and iodine. The palate shows an initial impact is very fresh, frank and savoury, without a hint of “bite”, and this is accompanied by an uplifting and “crispy” effervescence. The finish is particularly distinct and mineral (limestone). It has great length, leaving a pleasant sensation that is both acidulous and chalky. Here, its aromatic finesse becomes delicacy and its rectitude becomes purity; added to this is the lively, exuberant and tender sparkle.