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Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Champagne

SKU #1050977 92 points Wine & Spirits

 Like all of Gratien’s wines, this is fermented and matured in barriques, which serves to enrich the texture and builds in mellow umami tones. It has the tart green-apple acidity of a wine that did not undergo malolactic fermentation, balancing the rich flavors of orange peel and slivered almonds. Sleek and delicious.  (12/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Expressive notes of yellow peach, candied ginger, pastry and spice are seamlessly married to mouthwatering acidity a finely detailed bead in this bright, harmonious Champagne. Drink now through 2020. (AN)  (12/2017)

91 points John Gilman

 The new release of Alfred Gratien non-vintage Brut offers up lovely aromatic complexity already, wafting from the glass in a classy blend of apple, white peach, fresh-baked bread, a fine base of soil and a touch of upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and nicely balanced, with a good core, frothy mousse, fine focus and grip and a long, youthful finish. I wish the house would relent and put a bit of technical detail on the back label of their bottlings, but there is not even a snippet of information on their website about the wine! In any case, it is quite tasty and a very good value. (Drink between 2018-2030)  (12/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Light, bright gold. Sexy smoke- and mineral-laced aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, plus with a suave floral overtone and a late hint of vanilla. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering pliant orange and yellow apple flavors and a bracing jolt of chalky minerals. Closes with repeating smokiness and strong thrust, leaving a subtle honey note behind. (JR)  (1/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 As with all this producer's wines, the first fermentation iof this bottling was in wood, adding richness and smoothing out the fruit to give a warm, round character. The acidity is still tight and crisp, with citrus and apple flavors shot through with minerality. Drink now. (RV)  (12/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The classic NV Brut is based on a blend of Chardonnay (50%), Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier fermented and aged in oak for six months, but there is no malolactic fermentation. The recent issue is based on the 2013 vintage and 40% reserve wines from a solera and opens with a clear yet pretty reductive bouquet. Fresh, clear and straight on the palate, this is a refreshing Champagne with a filigreed structure and a dry, stimulating finish. (SR)  (6/2018)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2018 | Send Email
This fantastic non-vintage is entirely barrel fermented and then aged on the lees in the bottle for five years before release. It is composed of half Chardonnay and a quarter each Pinot Noir and Meunier. The long ageing has given this Champagne great depth and natural toast, but the old fashioned non-malolactic winemaking has balanced that with incredible dry finishing freshness. This is one of the finest famous names in Champagne, and this wine is an unbelievable value at this price!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2018 | Send Email
We’re all stoked to start working with the delicious Champanges of Alfred Gratien from Epernay. This Brut Classique is entirely barrel fermented and made from a 10-year-old solera system that is 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier. It is at once vibrant and complex with flavors of green apple, creamy brie, citrus blossom and toasted pastry, with soft creamy floral honey undertones. The quality and complexity are out of this world for the price on this one.

Staff Image By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2018 | Send Email
A new-to-us producer, the Alfred Gratien Brut Classique was a great surprise during our staff tasting. What I enjoyed about this champagne was the blend of ripe fruit and acidity at a perfect balance. The nose has notes of toast with mineral undertones, which really makes this bottle stand out for me. If you’re interested in trying a new producer, this one is definitely to try!

Staff Image By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2018 | Send Email
It's so much fun tasting a new producer, thank you Gary! Made of the 2012 vintage and on the lees for 5 years, it is Luscious! On the nose, a nutty hint of melting butter and on the palette, lively and complex for an entry level bubbly. You'll get hooked and will want to explore the rest of his offerings.

Staff Image By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2018 | Send Email
I love getting in new Champagne producers! Gary opens my eyes to what amazing and distinctive wines can come out of one region. To me, each of our grower/producers in Champagne put their heart, soul, and personality into their wines; and Alfred Gratien is no different. All of his wines are barrel fermented without any malolactic fermentation. So to balance the acidity, these wines are aged for a long while on its lees. This Brut spends 5 years while the minimum required is 1.5 years. It is nutty, medium bodied with beautiful richness and bright lemon citrus that keeps it vibrant. Half Chardonnay brings in that citrus character and just a hint of tropical fruit on the palate. While the Pinot Noir and Meunier assist with the depth and complexity.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2018 | Send Email
We are offering the esteemed Gratien Brut Classique at the lowest price in the entire country, and this is a Champagne you must try at least once. Based on the 2012 vintage, the wine is 100% barrel fermented and uses only the cuvée or the first pressing, and is blended with a third reserve wine aged in a solera! Yeasty aromas swirl in a haze of white and yellow flowers, and lightly nutty golden apple, and the palate packs an acid driven punch of green herbaceousness. The finish eases up a bit in intensity, and leaves a refreshing impression.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2018 | Send Email
I have not had the pleasure to taste the champagnes of Alfred Gratien in many, many, years and it is great to become reacquainted. This wonderful "Classique" has white stone fruits and fresh pastry dough on the nose. In the mouth, starts out rich, with pear and cream cake flavors, and finishes clean with light minerality. Very pleasing and delicious!

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