Wine Advocate-Parker : The NV Hommage à François Hémart Brut is a tribute to François Hémart, ancestor of Giraud born in Ay in 1625. The historical cuvée of the domaine has a straw-yellow to golden color and opens with a clear, intense bouquet of ripe and stewed apples along with brioche, cinnamon and a touch of oak flavors. Intense and almost lush on the perfectly round and elegant palate, this is a pure, dry and finessed 70/30 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Ay that has been vinified on the full lees for six months in ovoid vats and aged for another six months in Argonne oak barrels. The finish is clean and dry, bringing back the ripe and stewed apple flavors. The Hommage reveals a serious structure and is a delicious Champagne for many occasions. Disgorged March 2017. 50.000 bottles made. Tasted April 2018.