Created in 1864, Maison Alfred Gratien crafts refined Champagnes fermented in oak barrels.
Founded by Alfred Gratien over half a century ago near Épernay, in the heart of AOC Champagne, maison Alfred Gratien is currently run by Nicolas Jaeger, the descendant of Gaston Jaeger, who took charge of the company in 1905.
The Champagnes of the Alfred Gratien winery are produced from the traditional varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, sourced from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards situated in Côte de Blancs, Montagne de Reims. The grapes come from 1.5 hectares of estate vineyards and from small family local grape growers, with whom the winery has had commercial relationships which in many cases go back several generations.
It is important to mention that all of Alfred Gratien Champagnes are fermented in 228-litre oak barrels, which are used for an approximate period of 20 years. Because of the micro-oxygenation that takes place during the process, the resulting wines are rounder and more elegant than when fermented in stainless steel tanks. Each parcel is separately vinified, after which the final blend is decided and bottled. Traditionally disgorged, the vintage Champagnes of Maison Alfred Gratien are aged for 10 years minimum, while the NV Champagnes are kept in the cellar for at least 5 years. Every year, over a milion bottles wait for the right time to be released onto the market.
- Year of foundation: 1864
- Address: 30 Rue Maurice Cerveaux
- City: Épernay
- Province: Departamento de Marne
- Zip code: 51200
- Country: France
- Phone number: +33 3 26 56 30 30
- Guided visits? Yes
- Wine tourism services? Yes
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