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
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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 region of Champagne in the north-easterly part of France has, for hundreds of years, been known for the production of high quality, elegant and characterful sparkling white wines. Champagne wines continue to dominate the market for sparkling wines, and are the envy of many countries, with plenty of producers attempting to emulate their unique practices. The chalky, mineral-rich soils of this high altitude region are ideal for growing the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Petit Meunier varietal grapevines which cover the region and are usually blended together in the production of Champagne wine. The climate of Champagne is far cooler than other famous wine regions in France, but the wineries which are found all over the area have generations of expertise, and have no problems in producing vast quantities of their famous produce for the world market.

Country: France

It is widely understood and accepted that the finest wines in the world come out of France. Whether you are drinking a vintage bottle from one of the famed Grand Cru wineries of Bordeaux - such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Lafite-Rothschild - or a more simple and affordable bottle from one of the lesser known appellations in Burgundy, the likelihood is that the wine is packed full of intense and interesting flavors, and has a fine, balanced structure typical of almost all French produce. This reputation for excellence is taken extremely serious by the French, with dozens of regularly updated laws and regulations ensuring the quality and accurate labeling of wines. Such dedication and passion for fine wine, representative of the region in which it is produced, means customers can be assured that when they buy a bottle from France, they are buying something almost certain to please and delight.