Since the 17th century, Reims has born
witness to the history of our land, not only the coronation of kings
but also the lives of ordinary people: unobtrusively, day by day
and throughout all the momentous events of their lives.
An amusing incident relating to the legend about the
pruning of the vines is one such example: one day, Saint Vincent,
saint of the corporation of vinegrowers, was talking to one of them
when his donkey started to eat some of the vines. The vinegrower
was extremely angry but, during the grape harvest, he noticed that
although the grapes were not so plentiful, they were plumper and
of much higher quality. So it would seem, with hindsight, that St.Vincent
precursor of the method of enlightened vinegrowing.
This is only a legend but it fits in perfectly with the keen sense
of observation and shrewdness of the vinegrowers.
The cold settling of the must is a technique which combines precision
and efficiency, and is without adverse effects. We are almost certainly
the only House to have mastered this technique since 1990. A love
of work well done is at the heart of the complexity of successful
The House of Giraud maintains a high standard of moral
and professional values: to have a passion for wine and the vines,
to be observant,
to work in harmony with the environment, to be receptive to new ideas
but under no constraint, and finally, little by little, to reach
the heart of this magnificent winefield.