|Wine: ALFRED GRATIEN CHAMPAGNE NV|
|Variety: Chardonnay /Pinot Noir / Pinot Meunier|
|Region: Epernay / Champagne|
|Tasting Note: A complex wine that offers great length, purity of flavour and a balance of acid which works subtly with the ever so slightly creamy texture offered by the barrel ferment. The nose offers a blend of brioche, green apples and white flowers. The palate is an evolution of citrus flavours, green apple and pine with an underlying hint of minerality. The effervescence continues down the glass and the mousse is soft and delicate.
Four generations of the same family have been Chef de Cave at Alfred Gratien, that inside knowledge and passage of winemaking from father to son pays huge dividends.
This is great wine, unsurprisingly so too are the other cuvées of Alfred Gratien.
The pale-yellow hue of this wine’s robe is complemented by its lively effervescence. The bubbles are small and quick to rise to a fine mousse.
The nose is moderately intense yet complex. The sweet pastry, biscuit and orchard fruit notes are followed and enhanced by hints of citrus, white flowers and fresh butter. The initial taste is clean: this is a very silky and sparkling wine whose sugar content works well with its body. There is a certain chalky minerality and the texture is smooth. It is characterful without being overbearing. The finish is crisp, with a slight mineral undertone, and long at 6 to 8 seconds. It leaves an excellently balanced acidic aftertaste, with a sugar component that is undeniably pleasing on the palate.