Henri Giraud Code Noir Brut
Henri Giraud Code Noir Cuvée has a secret inside. A white wine from black grapes! For the first time in their history they were thus able to obtain a sharp and exquisite wine through the invention of a pressing technique unique in the world, whereby the coarse organic matter is separated from the good juice prior to fermentation. Made exclusively of black grapes, the Code Noir Cuvée is strong in character. It will regale you with the authentic story of Champagne, and will tell you more still if you succeed in decrypting its code.
To the eye: A luminous and delicate blonde colour, crowned with creamy foam.
Nose: A mature and fine nose of beautiful complexity, with cooked pair and cherries, opening out to gourmet notes of yellow flowers, peaches, vanilla and white pepper and then warming to finely spiced perfumes of honey, hinting at a glowing future.
To the palate: This is dense, warm and winey, very well balanced, with lively effervescence and beautiful freshness. The tender texture and mellow tannins, added to the crisp, chalky impression of the finish, are typical of how it was raised and enliven a beautiful array of aromas.
Tasting & Serving: Code Noir is a brilliant and nuanced romantic, asserting its personality and always ready to seduce. Served at 8°C, it is a refreshing aperitif, while at 12°C, it will enhance quality poultry, veal or fish in cream sauce.
The NV Brut Code Noir (Pinot Noir) is a totally seductive, sexy wine blessed with extraordinary purity in its layers of rich, expansive fruit. The Code Noir is not a wine for the timid, as it literally overtakes the senses with a heady, sensual expression of fruit. The bouquet alone is magnificent, but it is matched pound for pound by the wine's stunning fruit and long, polished close. The oak is very nicely balanced and is felt mostly in the wine's rich, weighty texture, although hints of sweet vanillin and spices linger on the finish. This is Lot C2I04E50, disgorged September, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.
Score: 93, Antonio Galloni, December 2009
There's an overtly leesy note on the nose that blows off a bit as this opens up, revealing vanilla, smoke, ripe Jonagold apple, quince, honey and pastry notes. This has nice mesh to it, with a subtly vibrancy throughout. The finish is long and juicy.
Score: 91, Alison Napjus, December 31, 2010
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