New to our list in 2016 is another highly-esteemed grower Champagne from Gratiot-Pillière. Gratiot-Pillière offers two prestigious cuvées whose base varietals are predominately Pinot Meunier – an emblematic Marne Valley varietal which brings an intense fruitiness and fullness to the wines.
The Gratiot-Pillière family have operated as a family winemaking establishment since 1657. Today it is in the hands of 11th generation father and son vignerons Olivier and Sébastien. The family vineyards cover 18 hectares of land, spread throughout the small towns of Charly-Sur-Marne, Saulchery, Bonneil and Azy-Sur-Marne, putting name to their excellent quality.
Subtle blends of Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from across the varied terroir gives a style that is fresh, balanced and replete with delicate fruit.
The Brut Tradition is pure and elegant in style, with a straw yellow tint in the glass. Aromas of flowers and fresh white fruit emerge, followed by a direct, crisp, mineral note with an expressive finish. It is made from 68% Pinot Meunier, 29% Chardonnay and 3% Pinot Noir. The Gratiot-Pillière Rosé is ripe and inviting. Its expressive nose blends delicate red fruit with notes of cherries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. It offers delicate fleshy fruit in the mouth with an elegant finish and comprises 79% Pinot Meunier and 21% Chardonnay.