Alfred Gratien, Champagne
"I have always been of the opinion that champagne should be to wine what haute couture is to fashion." Alfred Gratien.
Alfred Gratien er på mange måder en mystisk plante i Champagne-landskabet. Det er det mindste rigtige Champagnehus med ca. en promille af den samlede produktion af Champagne, men de er den tredjestørste ejer af vintønder i Champagne. De er del af en global k...
The Gratien house style is particularly flattering to rosé, and this medium salmon-tinted style is alive and full with layers of precise red cherry, raspberry, strawberry and watermelon fruit, accented with pink pepper. The textural synergy that defines the house is no easy balancing act, calmly uniting the creamy, silky texture of barrel fermentation, the fine mouthfeel of carefully managed tannins, the fine chalk mineral definition og great terroirs and the enlivening cut of malic acidity. Barrel and bottle age contribute subtle allure of toast and dried nectarines, eloquently supporting and never competing with bight red fruits focus.
(45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir; 8 g/l dosage; L14198): Light, bright orange. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of pomegranate, raspberry and tangerine, plus a suave note of smoky lees. Bitter rhubarb and cherry skin flavors give way to softer, sweeter raspberry in the mid-palate, with gentle minerality adding spine and lift. Packs a solid punch but comes off surprisingly lithe for its power. Finishes with excellent clarity, a subtle vanilla quality and strong mineral-driven persistence. In the context of top-drawer pink Champagne this bottling always delivers outstanding value. - Josh Raynolds
Dusky pink in color, Alfred Gratien's Brut Rosé – in this case a blend of Chardonnay (52%), Pinot Noir (3 %) and Pinot Meunier (17%) based on 2010 (80% plus 20% Réserve wines) – shows a very clear, fresh and refined bouquet of aromatic red berries, cherries, and brioche along with chalky and floral flavors. The attack on the palate is pure, straight and elegant, and the cuvée reveals a lot of crispy freshness, grip and livelines. Provided with a very delicate foam, this finesse-full and well structured wine goes well as an aperitif but also with food, fish for example. The wine was fermented in barrels with no malolactic. - Stephan Reinhardt