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Henri Giraud Champagne's history in Champagne began with the Hémart family, decendants of Henri IV, who settled permanently in Aÿ at the beginning of the 17th century. In the 20th century, Léon Giraud, cuirassier in the battle of the Marne, married a Miss Hémart where he reconstructed the magnificent family vineyard and grafted vines on the cuttings taken from certain American vines. Over the centuries, the wines of Aÿ have been classed among the world’s fines and the Giraud-Hémart family own an incredible 35 parcels of Grand Cru land in Aÿ, 26 with Pinot Noir and 9 with Chardonnay. Today Claude Giraud is the 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family in Aÿ and lovingly oversees this family House.