Alfred Gratien Brut Rose
On the eye: The robe is reminiscent of rose petals. The healthy effervescence builds to an attractive mousse.
On the nose: The initial aroma is fruity (strawberries and redcurrants) and floral (peonies). Wheat, biscuit and crème fraiche notes are detectable, as are hints of more roasted flavors.
On the palate: The initial taste is clean, and then opens up to a pleasant structured quality. There is real harmony to this wine, bolstered by fine acidity, light tannin notes and discrete sweetness. Because it sparkles enthusiastically, the texture goes from ‘gentle’ to ‘firm’ and back again.
This is not a wine that obviously pairs with seafood. With a texture that wavers between gentleness and firmness, it complements all cold meats except the fattiest and most highly cured. Select, for example, cured ham, spiced ham, brawn, or andouille and andouillette sausages.