Tasting Note: The initial aroma boasts ripe strawberries, redcurrants and fresh peonies. Wheat, biscuit and creme fraiche notes are also abound. There is real harmony to this wine, bolstered by fine acidity, light tannin notes and soft fruitiness. This is a classically delicate and gourmet rosé Champagne, with great structure and an attractive character.
Food Matching: With a texture that wavers between gentleness and firmness, this wine complements all cold meats except the fattiest and most highly cured. Best paired with cured ham, spiced ham, brawn, or andouille.
Vineyard: Gratien owns just 1.5 hectares of vineyards, with the majority of their fruit fulfilled via long-term contracts with growers across a diverse set of Crus. All three of the major grape varieties are used, although the percentage of Pinot Meunier has been reduced over time. The grapes are picked and pressed near the vineyards, the musts are then transported to headquarters in Epernay, where they are placed into oak barrels and fermented.
Vinification: A refined blend in which the elegance of Chardonnay and the fruity notes of Pinot Meunier mingle with delicacy. The rosé is obtained by the addition of Pinot Noir and no bleeding.
At Alfred Gratien, we have made a conscious decision not to use malolactic fermentation in the production of our champagne. This is to ensure that it maintains its original character. The wine retains its freshness, even as it ages.
Awards and Press News: 5th Asia Wine Trohpy Gold 2017 under the Patronage of the OIV 2017
Mundus vini Gold 2017 ␉␉