Alfred Gratien Blanc de Blanc

Non-Vintage from Champagne, France

Item No. 99206
  • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
  • collectible wine
  • W&S93
  • WS91

Winemaker's Notes

100% Chardonnay

The vinification in oak casks confers fullness and richness to this Blanc de Blancs. Characterised by a strong and complex nose, this champagne unfolds vanilla brioche aromas and reveals hints of invigorating citrus on the finish. The same complexity and feel of substance are present on the mouth. A fresh and vivacious attack is brought out by elegant citrus fragrances. The body and substance of this Blanc de Blancs is reinforced by captivating hints of brioche and buttered bread.

Critical Acclaim

"Focused on pure apple flavor and pale limestone structure, this wine tastes joyous, bright and a little eccentric in its style. There's an elegant push-pull between the freshness of the apple, pear and ginger notes and the oak spice, which feels almost tannic. It’s the freshness that lasts in a complex finish, one that will continue to develop with age."
93 Points

"With a steely backbone of acidity, this offers lightly grained texture and hints of peach, anise, fresh flowers, green apple and fresh ginger. Tangy, lip-smacking finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,666 cases made."
91 Points

Learn About Alfred Gratien

If the exception in the Champagne region bears a name it is most certainly that of Alfred Gratien. At Alfred Gratien"s, craftsmanship is worshipped, and it is not by chance that the house is one of the last to respect the traditions of the champagne business, while still adapting to progress. And the willingness of the directors to remain faithful to the philosophy of the...

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Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne...

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Learn About Non-Vintage

Non-Vintage Most Champagne you encounter will be NV, or non-vintage. This is because the base wine is a blend of wine from multiple vintages. In producing non-vintage wines, Champagne houses strive to keep the taste consistent year by year, and non-vintage wine provides the winemakers flexibility in blending, ensuring a constant style each year. Non-vintage Champagne...

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