Pale golden color. Has a pleasant spice on the palate with green fruit flavors, mostly pears and citrus. Full bodied and delicious.
External Reviews for Alfred Gratien Champagne Blend Champagne Brut
Champagnes from Alfred Gratien have a lengthy tradition and, disregarding the mass-produced ethos and fashions of modern times, still remain true to that tradition today. This vintage bottling is showing incredibly well and proves that great Champagnes are made for the cellar.
An elegant version, sculpted by well-cut acidity and a hint of chalky mineral, this features a fine bead and flavors of apple, tangy black currant, honey, almond and gingerbread. Lasting finish. Disgorged April 2012. Drink now through 2018.
The light, persistent mousse carries an understated aroma of hazelnuts and cream. It’s soft and velvety on the palate, this it finishes dry and slightly tart. A clean, simple and integrated wine.
The NV Brut is a wonderfully elegant, classy wine laced with perfumed fruit that carries through to the finish, where smoke and toastiness add further layers of complexity. This mid-weight Champagne is an impeccable wine at the non-vintage level. Disgorged: June, 2008, (not indicated on the label). Anticipated maturity: 2009–2013. This is an impressive set of wines from Alfred Gratien. The wines are notable for their sheer class and refinement.
Aromas of spiced lemon, pear and mint. Brisk and spicy in the mouth; the strong acidity, in conjunction with bracing flavor of preserved lemon, gives this wine great vibrancy. Rather tightly wrapped. Shows lovely finishing sweetness as well as a hint of youthful bitterness.
A very lean, dry style that focuses on its acidity and green fruits. This makes it a style that needs good bottle aging - the sample tasted was too young. But for those who like dry, crisp Champagnes, this is beautifully made.
Full of brioche and toast on the palate. Round and approachable with a mineral edge on the finish.