Champagne Henri Giraud is one of a kind. With a long list of innovations already under his belt, twelfth-generation owner Claude Giraud is always hungry to find new ways to hone quality and deepen his commitment to the environment. He starts with the family’s property in the grand cru Aÿ, the region’s rarest and most highly valued cru, and pairs his top wines with barrels sourced and individually traced from carefully chosen, GPS-located terroirs in Champagne’s Argonne Forest. Claude conceived this avant-garde program, which includes a philanthropic commitment to replanting the oak forest, in order to return to the land and the comprehensively regional origins of wine. Even the entry-level wines are vinified and aged in entirely natural materials: the winery has converted all of its neutral containers from stainless steel (which, Claude observed, exhausted the wines) to terra cotta.