Dressed to Impress – Giraud ‘Code Noir’ Champagne

This strikingly different Champagne stands out from the crowd. This is a wine with attitude and character, it’s about as far from the big brands as it’s possible to get. Highly rated by Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson, the Girauds’ luxury cuvées outsell Roederer’s Cristal in the Far East!

Maison Henri Giraud“This may be the finest Champagne house virtually no one has ever heard of”
Robert Parker Jr.

These are some of the most powerful and intense Champagnes you will ever encounter – they are the essence of the rich, ripe Pinot Noir when cultivated on the prime Grand Cru vineyards of Aÿ. 

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Henri Giraud Code Noir, Aÿ Grand Cru Brut NV
£856.14 per case of 12    £71.35 per bottle including VAT
*Free delivery for 6 bottles or more of this wine*

Pale gold with a discrete hint of red in colour and a, delicate mousse of very fine bubbles. Very full-bodied, muscular, rich, fat, powerful, virile, vinous wine with warm notes of ripe golden apple, biscuity hints, yellow fruit, wild strawberries, cherries and a hint of musk – a sign of great vivacity!




Henri Giraud Code Noir Rosé, Aÿ Grand Cru Brut NV

£856.14 per case of 12    £71.35 per bottle including VAT
*Free delivery for 6 bottles or more of this wine*

A deep vibrant orange / pink colour (almost red) it has a persistent bead of very fine bubbles. Very full-bodied and muscular, this has rich, ripe, powerful, fruit flavours. It oozes juicy soft red fruits reminiscent of a compote of raspberries, wild strawberries and red cherries.



These are both wines made for intimacy, pleasure and gastronomy. Richer than most Champagnes they can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods – the white with river fish, white meat, pork mignons, and light sauces. The rosé is truly a wine for gastronomy. It’s gorgeous with white meats (imagine this with a slow cooked pork belly!) through more delicate red fruit tarts to a fantastic – if rather unusual – match for your Christmas pudding!

About Code Noir
Named in celebration of the decoding by French scientists of the DNA of Pinot Noir, this is a superb expression of the richness the variety achieves when grown on the South-facing chalk slopes of the Grand Cru of Aÿ – Code Noir is a great representation of the area’s Terroir – Aÿ is the only Grand Cru whose vineyards face southwards, and therefore produces some of Champagnes richest and ripest Pinot Noirs. This is Champagne with heart and body.

These are typical Giraud wines – amazingly complex, displaying not only power but also balance and freshness. The powerful fruit gains additional complexity as a result of cask fermentation and ageing, followed by four years maturation with the yeast lees in the bottle prior to disgorgement. The rosé colour is achieved by the addition of still red Côteaux Champenois wine to the blend.

Aÿ Grand Cru
Bollinger, Gosset and Krug are other major players in this village, which has been the home of the Giraud family for many generations. The Grand Cru vineyards are the source for the best and richest Pinot Noir grapes in the Champagne region, most producers use a little in their prestige wines, very few are able to produce wines from 100% Aÿ Grand Cru grapes.

*Delivery is free for orders over £250, £15 for orders below £250. Delivery surcharges may apply for Highlands, Islands and other areas. We can deliver to most UK addresses if orders are placed before 16th December – we will advise you before confirming your order.

Prices correct at date of publication, but are subject to change without notice.

The Giraud wines are included in our ‘Christmas in a Box’ offers! click for more details


About Coe Vintners Fine Wine

Coe Vintners Fine Wine is part of the Coe Group, one of the leading wine and spirit suppliers in the UK. An independent family business established in 1930, Coe Vintners will celebrate 85 years continuous trading in 2015.
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