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Champagne Henri Giraud Argonne 2008

Champagne Henri Giraud has announced the launch of Argonne 2008 – a new vintage of its flagship cuvée – with its packaging designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.

Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Henri Giraud’s Grand Cru vines in Aÿ, the wine is aged in small barrels made of oak selected from specific trees in the forest of Argonne. Each batch of oak is “geo-localised” and tracked in partnership with the French Forestry Commission, then identified and branded by the cooper. Each bottle is coded and laser-engraved at the time of bottling, and again at the moment of labelling, to ensure traceability from grape to glass. The packaging itself is made from a naturally sourced, organic cardboard tube, crisscrossed with cardboard batons that cradle the bottle “like Mikado sticks”.

Claude Giraud, president of Champagne Henri Giraud, said: “With Argonne 2008 we have entered a new dimension in wine. Rationality has given way to instinct and intuition. Plus, it has been an immense joy to work with Shigeru Ban, an outstanding individual with a passion for craftsmanship, who was able to perfectly capture the essence of this incredible wine in a box that is the epitome of purity.”

CONTACT Giraud, champagne-giraud.com

RRP: £290.

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