Gratien Cuvee Paradis Rose Brut
Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Delicate orange, sparkling pale copper with elegant aromas suggesting orange marmalade. The palate is soft, full and lingering. Very delicate bubbles.
The Cuvée Paradis Rosé is sublime due to the delicacy of its color, its elegant bouquet and its bubbles.
Wine Spectator - "Very creamy and refined in texture, framed by the type of juicy acidity that brings you back for another sip. Shows an appealing range of black currant candy, dried cranberry, pickled ginger, pound cake, fleur de sel and mineral notes. Drink now through 2022."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright orange-pink. Vibrant, spice-accented aromas of strawberry, tangerine, anise and toasty lees. Rich but lively on the palate, offering incisive red berry and gingerbread flavors and suggestions of buttered toast and smoke. Packs a serious punch but comes off lithe and precise, finishing with excellent clarity and length."
Wine & Spirits - "This blend from grand cru vineyards is primarily chardonnay (66 percent), with pinot noir contributing the red blush of an apple and deeper red of currants that tinge the bubbles with mouthfilling richness. Oak fermentation filled out the middle with the flavor of fresh Marcona almonds, while acidity adds nerve to the end. Altogether silken and subtle, this will gain in mineral complexity with further age. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Onion-skin color leads to a wine that is packed with deep fruit flavors. Considerably dry, but a great food wine, with good acidity and ability toage well in bottle. "
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Alfred Gratien Winery
With total production of merely 150,000 bottles, it is no wonder that Champagne Alfred Gratien has more of a cult following than an international brand image. Small by design, owner and Managing Director Alain Seydoux is dedicated to producing wine of the very highest quality: "Champagne has to be king. It has no justification otherwise." Grape selection, vinification techniques, and the care the wines receive have more in common than many of the larger, more famous industrial-brand Champagne houses. View all Alfred Gratien Wines
About ChampagneChampagne 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 produced is non-vintage and made up by a blend of several years' harvests.
All Champagnes must be made by a strictly controlled process called "Méthode Champenoise." The grapes are pressed and fermented for the first time. The blending phase follows and the wine is bottled and temporarily capped. Then comes the second fermentation, a blend of sugar and yeast is added and, this time, the carbon dioxide is kept inside the bottle. This process leaves a great deal of sediment that is extracted through a process of "racking" or "riddling." The bottles are progressively turned upside down until all the sediment is collected in the neck. The necks are then frozen and the sediment is "disgorged." After this phase, the winemaker may decide to add sugar to sweeten the wine. Finally the wine is corked. Some wines move through this process in a couple of months, while others are aged after the riddling phase to build greater complexity and depth.
Champagnes range from dry, "Brut," to slightly sweet, "Demi-Sec." Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are used in Champagne blends, but "Blancs de Noirs" is made entirely of Pinot Noir and "Blancs de Blanc" is made from only Chardonnay grapes. The high acidity achieved by the northern location is crucial to the balance and structure of these wines.
Not every year is a "vintage" declared. In years when it is not, the wines are blended with the produce from other years to create the non-vintage blend, the house style that remains constant from year to year. But in a great vintage year, champagne houses will bottle by itself the unblended year's produce, and use other portions as "reserve" wines to supplement and enrich the non-vintage blend. A vintage champagne can age quite gracefully, and gain complexity just like any other great still wine.
Mild cheeses like gruyere and shellfish pair nicely with Champagne. Also, oysters and Champagne is a popular combination. A full-flavored vintage Champagne can go with almost any meal.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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