Gratiot-Pillière Brut Tradition NV, Champagne Gratiot-Pillière, 6x75cl bottles
Notes & Scores
IWC Silver Medal Winner
Golden in colour. Soft white peach and yellow plum aromas. Mouthfilling and rich on the palate with fleshy fruit flavours of pear and white peach, with underlying mineral notes, crisp acidity and lingering fruit flavours on the finish.
The vineyards are situated in the Vallee de la Marne in the heart of Pinot Meunier country. The 45 acres of vineyards are tended to using sustainable viticultural practices and are spread throughout the small towns of Charly-Sur-Marne, Saulchery, Bonneil & Azy-Sur-Marne.
Pinot Meunier accounts for 80% of the plantings, with 15% Chardonnay and the remaining 5% Pinot Noir. With an annual production of only 150-180,000 bottles, they are a boutique family owned and run Champagne House where tradition and knowledge have been passed down through the generations over centuries.
The family's focus has always been on quality, authenticity and value above all else; the outstanding champagnes that they produce reflect their commitment, knowledge and passion.
It is said that a champagne bottle is popped open every second of the day somewhere in the world.
The last 20 years has seen unprecedented growth in export sales, led by the UK along with mergers and acquisitions of brands and estates by the big Champagne houses. Whilst auspicious brands as Dom Pérignon, Krug, Pol Roger and Louis Roederer's Cristal rightly command attention and respect, the very essence and spirit still remains with the growers and the quality of the vineyards.
As important as the big name brands will continue to be, Champagne domaines such as Pierre Gimonnet epitomise the spirit and, above all, future for this region. It is worth remembering that there are over 300 villages and defined vineyard areas in Champagne but only 51 of these command Premier or Grand Cru status.
The region's name conjures up an immediate sense of celebration and joie de vivree, revered the world, with an image which the Champagne industry has promoted brilliantly for over a hundred years.