• WS: 79

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  • SN: 87

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Gruet Brut NV

Winemaker's Notes:

Crisp and dry with pronounced green apple and grapefruit citrus notes. Bright acidity and very smooth, clean finish.

Region: USA » New Mexico

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Winery: Gruet Winery  
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Gruet Winery:
In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards in Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced... Read more
In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards in Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. His children, winemaker Laurent and daughter Nathalie, and family friend Farid Himeur then relocated to the great state of New Mexico to begin their American wine making adventure. At 4300 ft. the vineyards are some of the highest in the United States, so regardless of how hot the days might be, the temperature at night can drop as much as thirty degrees, cooling the fruit and slowing down the maturation process on an otherwise short growing season. Sandy and loamy soil, and a lack of humidity that might contribute to rot, give us a consistency of fruit year in and year out, and allow us to produce our award winning wines without the use of pesticides. We now produce seven different sparkling wines: Brut NV (non-vintage), Blanc de Noirs NV, Rosé NV, Demi Sec NV, vintage Blanc de Blancs, vintage Grand Rosé, and Laurent's latest bubbly creation — an homage to his late, great father, and the Gruet Winery's luxury tête de cuvée — the vintage Gilbert Gruet Grande Reserve. We also produce two excellent Chardonnays and two Pinot Noirs, both with a regular bottling and an unfiltered barrel select reserve bottling. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Gruet Brut

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,790
3.50 5
12/17/2009

This is light and bright with a lovely, fresh nose of apples ready for pie, touched with a little lemon and spice and just the faintest notion of butter crust. In the mouth the wine is a bit more linear than the nose would suggest but it offers up a balanced mouthful of moderately intense fruit with good length. 87pts


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Snooth User: samantha gaw
356700352
3.50 5
09/16/2010

most delicious New Mexican wine ever! but also, crisp green apple, creamy mousse, good balance of body and acidity, decent finish. quite quaffable.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.50 5
09/14/2010

On second tasting, I got a citrus herbal nose with cris pear and walnuts on the body. Really enjoyable.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
10/03/2008

I liked this wine a lot, and was further surprised that it was grown in New Mexico. It is very balanced and charming, with fine bubbles.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
09/14/2010

There are some crisp, citrus aromatics combined with tangerine/nectarine characteristics on the palate. Refreshing, easy drinking, a nice wine to bring to a friend's party


Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
4.00 5
10/03/2008

Tasted again recently and still really enjoyed this wine. Very crisp and refreshing.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
3.50 5
09/03/2008

Really nice bubbles. Not as much biscuit flavor as I tend to like, but there was some nice light fruit in its place. It's also from New Mexico, so definitely worth a try for the novelty.


Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
3.00 5
01/24/2009

tangy lemon scent tart and a bit milky (as opposed to creamy)


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External Reviews for Gruet Brut

External Review
01/19/2011

A crisp and full-bodied sparkling wine, which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse. The allure of a toasty finish is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor.


External Review
11/25/2009

WS: 87 Points


External Review
07/25/2008

A transplanted family from Champagne chose the micro-climates of New Mexico for the richness of the grapes that the area produced. The result is a fine sparkler combining very ripe fruit and a nice round texture.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Light and vibrant, offering creamy pear and tropical fruit aromas, with notes of white chocolate and anise. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/14/2013

Light and vibrant offering creamy pear and tropical fruit aromas with notes of white chocolate and anise. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

French in origin, this cuvee is now planted and harvested in the warm days and cool nights of New Mexico; the pinot noir is intense and full; a nicely balanced sparkler that works well as an aperitif or with foods.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

One of my favorite sparkling values in the marketplace and it hails from the unlikely wine territory of New Mexico. The taste is amazingly close to a NV Brut from Champagne. Toasty biscuit, brine and juicy pear and apple flavors are released along with a steady stream of bubbles. A refreshing balance between acidity and fruit with a creamy, yummy mousse. Enticing flavors all combine to create a satisfying, well-crafted wine.


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Crisp and dry with pronounced green apple and grapefruit citrus notes. Bright acidity and very smooth, clean finish.

Dietary Information: Organic


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