Champagne Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Rose (750ml)
The robe is reminiscent of rose petals. The healthy effervescence builds to an attractive mousse.
The initial aroma is fruity (strawberries and redcurrants) and floral (peonies). Wheat, biscuit and crème fraiche notes are detectable, as are hints of more roasted flavours.
The initial taste is clean, and then opens up to a pleasant structured quality. There is real harmony to this wine, bolstered by fine acidity, light tannin notes and discrete sweetness. Because it sparkles enthusiastically, the texture goes from ‘gentle’ to ‘firm’ and back again.
It is long and the finish is slightly smoky with mineral notes.