Founded way back in 1625, Champagne Henri Giraud is one of the oldest houses in the region. Loyal to tradition, it is still very much a family-run business and is currently owned by twelfth generation Claude Giraud.
Claude’s son and thirteenth generation, Emmanuelle Giraud-Patour manages the company and son-in-law Sébastien Le Golvet is head winemaker.
Based in the majestic village of Aÿ, Champagne Henri Giraud has stood out in the last decade thanks to Claude’s obsession with the forest. Creating oak casks solely from the wood of trees grown in the local Forest of Argonne (the famous site of many World War I battles), Claude’s mission is one of ultimate locality, linking casks with the concept of terroir in the forest.
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.
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.