Alfred Gratien founded this eponymous house in 1864. Located in Épernay, at the heart of the Champagne wine region, the Alfred Gratien House has advocated for a rigorous selection of grapes and vinification in barrels as well as volume control to preserve the terroir’s original character and to exude all of the freshness of the wines.
Alfred Gratien Champagne is produced from a know-how which has been passed down from father to son for multiple generations and which contributes to the unique style of the house’s cuvées.
The Alfred Gratien Champagne House overlooks 1.56 hectares of vines situated on two exceptional Premiers and Grands Cru terroirs in the Champagne region: the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims. The house completes its supplies by acquiring grapes from over sixty long-standing and loyal winegrowers who have worked with the house for generations.
A tribute to the fine years in the Champagne region, the Collection Memory offers the opportunity to discover the greatest vintages of the Alfred Gratien house. Stored among the Alfred Gratien wine collection located in the house’s cellars, these rare bottles are aged for more than 20 years before seeing the light of day. Testifying to a treasured know-how and comprising exclusively vintage champagnes, the bottles in the Collection Memory express the finesse and generosity of Alfred Gratien's style.
For Nicolas Jaeger, Alfred Gratien's Cellar Master, the 1998 vintage combined an abundant harvest with an extraordinary grape quality. These conditions justified the production of a vintage champagne.
Chardonnay (60%), Pinot Noir (20%), Pinot Meunier (20%).
The Collection Memory 1998 by Alfred Gratien has a beautiful light gold colour with golden specks, highlighting the finesse and persistence of the stream of bubbles.
The aromatic bouquet is very delicate, with notes of butter and vanilla.
On the palate, this champagne combines freshness and elegance and stretches out to a lingering finish.