Alfred Gratien Brut Champagne
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
93 pts. Wine Spectator: December 15, 2012
A bright, balanced version, with a streak of minerality and a pleasant juiciness to flavors of black currant, poached apple, brioche, grilled plum and crystallized honey. Hints of candied lemon zest and grated coconut ride the fine texture on the finish. Drink now through 2020.
92 pts.Wine Spectator: November 15, 2014
Offers lovely balance and a fine, lacy texture, with the firm acidity providing a backbone for the flavors of ripe blackberry and pear fruit, pastry cream, candied lemon zest, almond biscotti, oyster shell and chalk. Disgorged November 13, 2013. Drink now through 2021. 5,000 cases made.
91 pts. Wine Spectator: November 30, 2009
Fresh-tasting and creamy, with a hint of oak adding complexity. Apple, peach and grapefruit flavors prevail, with nervy acidity driving the finish. Echoes spice and butter on the finish. Drink now through 2012.
91 pts. Wine Spectator: November 30, 2013
An elegant version, sculpted by well-cut acidity and a hint of chalky mineral, this features a fine bead and flavors of apple, tangy black currant, honey, almond and gingerbread. Lasting finish. Disgorged April 2012. Drink now through 2018.
90 pts.Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Nov/Dec 2010
Pale gold. Lively aromas of lemon and orange zest, with deeper pear and melon qualities and a hint of vanilla. Sappy and precise in the mouth, offering citrus flavors that gain flesh and sweetness with air. Finishes with very good clarity and tangy persistence.
90 pts. Wine Spectator: October 31, 1999
Fresh fruit flavors and lovely acidity make this appetizing. Dry in style, bracing in texture, with complex spicy nuances that linger on the finish.
89 pts.Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Aromas of spiced lemon, pear and mint. Brisk and spicy in the mouth; the strong acidity, in conjunction with bracing flavor of preserved lemon, gives this wine great vibrancy. Rather tightly wrapped. Shows lovely finishing sweetness as well as a hint of youthful bitterness.
89 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: December, 2009
The NV Brut is a wonderfully elegant, classy wine laced with perfumed fruit that carries through to the finish, where smoke and toastiness add further layers of complexity. This mid-weight Champagne is an impeccable wine at the non-vintage level. Disgorged: June, 2008, (not indicated on the label). Anticipated maturity: 2009–2013. This is an impressive set of wines from Alfred Gratien. The wines are notable for their sheer class and refinement.
88 pts. Wine Spectator: December 15, 2000
Firm yet accessible, here’s a medium-bodied Champagne with bread, apple and a hint of coffee. Balanced, with a lingering finish. Drink now.
88 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 1, 2005
A very lean, dry style that focuses on its acidity and green fruits. This makes it a style that needs good bottle aging — the sample tasted was too young. But for those who like dry, crisp Champagnes, this is beautifully made.
88 pts.Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Nov/Dec 2000
Strong mousse. Fresh, floral aromas of apple, mint, toast and cumin. Lively and intensely flavored; concentrated and round. An attractive middle-of-the-road style, with enticing ripeness of fruit and moderate dosage. Finishes with good length.
86 pts. Wine Spectator: December 31, 1998
A firm-textured, lively tasting brut that combines fresh citrus notes with a crisp texture and a clean finish. Drink now through 2000.
80 pts.Wine & Spirits: February 1, 1998
The light, persistent mousse carries an understated aroma of hazelnuts and cream. It’s soft and velvety on the palate, this it finishes dry and slightly tart. A clean, simple and integrated wine.