A 6 Bottle Mixed Case consisting of the following wines: Cuvee Appoggiature (Brut), Cuvee Point D'Orgue Vintage 2007 and Cuvee Vibrato Vintage 2007.
Cuvee Appoggiature (Brut): A blend of 55% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier,15% Pinot Noir. Dosage of 9 g/L. Harvest years: 85% 2009, 15% 2008. Ageing: over 24 months An appoggiatura, from the Italian verb appoggiare, meaning to sustain, is a melodic ornament that serves to retard a following note that requires emphasis. Appoggiature is thus the key note Champagne of the Domaine B. Girardin range. It introduces the house style, first in line with its delicately fruity flavours. Aromas of flowers, pears and white peach are conveyed by delicate and gentle bubbles, making this an ideal aperitif drink. The French horn, symbol of this cuvée, was considered, prior to the 18th century, to be the instrument of spells and bewitchments. The Appoggiature cuvée entices us to pursue the melody with the expressive cuvées Rubato, Point d’Orgue and Vibrato.
Cuvée Point D'Orgue Vintage 2007: A blend of 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir. Dosage: 8 g/L. Harvest year: 2007 and Ageing: 5 years. The French musical term Point d’orgue is the equivalent of fermata in English musicology. Its function is to prolong a note or series of notes, thus creating a pause in the tempo. The term itself refers to the capacity of the organ, as an instrument, to hold a note for an unlimited duration. Cuvée Point d’Orgue supends the flow of time, like for the duration of a harvest. Quality naturally depends on this harvest, and time will decide when the wine is ready to be drunk. The 2007 vintage now reveals its vinosity through the leading role played by Pinot Noir. The aromas are rich with notes of pear and honey and the flavours linger on the palate like a note held fermata. The piano is the symbol of the cuvée Point d’Orgue. It illustrates the producer’s solo role in deciding to vintage a year, or not. In this case the producer is herself a pianist. She alone decides the partition of the year.
Cuvée Vibrato Vintage 2007: A 100% chardonnay (blanc de blancs). Dosage: 9 g/L. Harvest years: vintage 2007, Ageing: 5 years. Vibrato is a tremulous effect produced by an instrumental or vocal note giving rapid variations of pitch. Its exact effect will depend on the instrument and the musician’s technique. As with other nuancing effects, vibrato will add a feel of expressiveness. The cuvée Vibrato stands apart in the Champagne B. Girardin range, not only for its rarity (like Point d’Orgue it bears a vintage) but also for its composition: it is a pure chardonnay (blanc de blancs) and is the result of blending grapes from two very different terroirs. The vibrations on the palate are due to the natural freshness and lemon-like aromas of the chardonnay, whereas their amplitude is defined by the terroirs of Vitry-en-Perthois and Mancy. Vitry produces a richer and more exotic resonance, whereas Mancy, with its limestone soils, add finesse and focus. The saxophone has been chosen as symbol for the cuve´e Vibrato rather than the more obvious guitar. The reason is that the modulation of the saxophone’s notes is given by the mouth, and this is where the cuvée Vibrato comes to life!
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Country France Region Champagne Sub Region No Colour White Grape Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir Vintage No Alcohol 12%-13% Viticulture No Body Full-Medium Type Dry Bottle Size Bottle (750ml) Bottle Closure Cork Drinking Maturity Ready, will keep