We visited Alfred Gratien several years ago. The winemaker (Nicholas) is great fun, loves to make wine in a “gourmand” style and opened several bottles for our sipping pleasure. Suffice it to say, we wobbled to our hotel, which was fortunately only a 15 minute stumble.
This is not the 1996 statuesque bubble, but certainly a spectacular wine with excellent balance of acidity, fruit and alcohol. Fairly transparent green apple on the eye served properly in white Burgundy glasses.
Aromas of toasted almonds and yeasty vanilla cream. Simply yummy and screaming “sip me, baby, sip me!” Smooth, creamy vanilla on the palate and dry as a baby’s bum. Lingering finish that almost convinced us to open another bottle!!! Awesomesauce!!
A winner!!! The song “I am hot for teacher” is playing as we sip…we missed a lot of education in champagne in our day, but not our homework is soo delightful that we are “hot” for this luvly!
The final bubble of our Champagne Cantonese Seafood Spectacular was no disappointment, albeit had to walk in large footsteps after the wine of the night! Served in big bowl Chardonnay glasses to allow the nose to flourish.
Powerful aromas of citrus and flowers with pleasant yeastiness.
Dramatic statement initially on the palate develops into a more elegant, yet slightly short, finish. A winner from A to Z and excellent QPR.