Alfred Gratien Cuvee Paradis Brut  NV 1.5Ltr
SKU 740540

Alfred Gratien Cuvee Paradis Brut NV

Alfred Gratien - Champagne - France

Professional Wine Reviews for Alfred Gratien Cuvee Paradis Brut NV

Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The NV (2005) Brut Cuvee Paradis is soft, inviting and quite pretty. The aromas and flavors are all nicely nuanced, but also a bit forward, suggesting the wine needs to be enjoyed sooner rather than later. Sweet floral notes and a hint of citrus add some brightness on the finish. Even though not indicated on the label, the Paradis has always been a single-vintage wine. Future releases will be formally vintage-designated, which will be a great help to consumers. The Paradis is 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir. This is Lot 1116, disgorged January 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
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1.5Ltr
91Robert Parker
91Wine Spectator

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Winery: Alfred Gratien

Varietal: Champagne Blend

Whilst Champagne sparkling wines are most commonly made with a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grape varietals, there are actually seven fine grape varietals allowed by French wine law for inclusion in the wines of this region. These include Arbanne, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and and Petit Meslier alongside the others, although these four are being used less and less in the modern age. Champagnes are normally blended wines, although the popularity of single variety 'blanc de blanc' Champagnes made solely with Chardonnay grapes, and 'blanc de noir' wines made only with Pinot Noir varietal grapes are becoming more and more popular. The blending process found in most Champagnes aims to take the finest points of each grape varietal and bring them together to produce spectacular, strong yet balanced results in the bottle.

Region: Champagne

The beautiful rolling hillsides of the Champagne region of France have, for hundreds of years, been producing many of the world's most famous wines. The sparkling white wines to come out of Champagne's prestigious wineries have conquered the world, and are drank in celebration across the globe. The vast majority of the region is under vine, and grows predominantly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varietals, which are usually blended together by master wine-makers in order to make their recognizable and widely loved produce. The north-easterly region of Champagne has a relatively cool climate, and quite a lot of rainfall, making it far from ideal for ripening grapes. However, the presence of heavily forested areas in the region helps maintain a balanced temperature, and the generations of expertise the wineries hold clearly produces excellent results in spite of the climatic problems.

Country: France

French winemakers are subjected to several laws and regulations regarding the wines they produce, and how they can be labeled and sold. Such procedures are designed to increase the overall quality of the country's produce, and also to ensure that wines made in each particular region or appellation are of a character and type which is representative of the area. Thankfully for consumers of wine world-wide, the French have a particularly high reputation to uphold, and seem to do so flawlessly. Every year, wineries from all over France produce millions upon millions of bottles of fine wine, making the most of their native grape varieties and the excellent terrain which covers most of the country. From the expensive and exquisite red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the white wines and cremants of central France, the French are dedicated to providing the world with wines of the highest quality and most distinctive character.