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Gratien Blanc de Blanc

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
  • W&S93
  • WS91
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Winemaker 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

W&S 93
Wine & Spirits

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.

WS 91
Wine Spectator

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.

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Alfred Gratien

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Alfred Gratien, , France - Other regions
Gratien
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.

California

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production...

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from...

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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