Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Champagne SKU #1050977

Price: $39.99

W&S 92 WS 92 JG 91
VN 91 WE 90
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Staff Reviews

  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Elsa Baez
    By: Elsa Baez
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Muriel Sarik
    By: Muriel Sarik
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    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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