Alfred Gratien Memory Collection 1999
The Memory Collection is a tribute to the finest vintages of Maison Alfred Gratien. These bottles have rested for over 20 years in the Alfred Gratien wine library, in the heart of the cellars. This collection is the expression of exceptional harvests made unforgettable by authentic expertise in oak vinification, a true testament to the unique style of Alfred Gratien champagnes, marked with generosity and finesse.
“Quantity and quality were both present for the last vintage of the millennium. This wine features splendid freshness with mineral notes and plenty of energy.” — Nicolas Jaeger, Cellar Master
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A vintage champagne consisting of a blend of 65% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir
Traditional vinification and maturation occurs in small 228-liter oak casks, with self-imposed limits on production levels. To ensure that it maintains its original character, Alfred Gratien makes a conscious decision not to use malolactic fermentation in the production of its champagne. The aroma of the grapes and the land from which they came are thus preserved, and the wine retains its freshness, even as it ages.
Aging occurs in bottle for twenty years.
Pale bright gold, with fine, moderately persistent perlage
The nose is graceful, complex and distinguished, marked by pear and praline, shifting toward autumnal notes. This combination is enhanced by a subtle base of roasted chestnut.
Elegant acidity is revealed upfront, providing momentum. Pastry notes linger in the mouth, contributing to a silky and indulgent mouthfeel.
This pairs nicely with shellfish, salmon fillet, beef carpaccio, fruit salads and tarts.