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The Society's Champagne Brut NV

Champagne from France - Champagne
For an all-purpose foodie Champagne, we recommend this house favourite! The house style of Alfred Gratien, providers of Society bubbles for over a century, is influenced by longer fermentation, oak ageing and bottle maturity, and the resultant rich, rounded flavours make it a glorious accompaniment to all manner of courses and cuisines. A Decanter World Wine Awards silver medal winner and an International Wine Challenge bronze medal winner in 2021.
Price: £34.00 Bottle
Original price: £204.00 Sale price: £170.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: CH331

Wine characteristics

  • Champagne
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Pinot Noir Meunier Chardonnay
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • 75cl
  • Champagne cork
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Discover what makes our Society’s Champagne so special with buyer Sarah Knowles MW. Video transcript

Video transcript

The Society’s Champagne Brut NV 

Alfred Gratien is The Wine Society’s longest-running supplier relationship. We’ve been working with them since 1906, and one of the fantastic outcomes of this incredible relationship is The Society’s Champagne. We’re really fortunate that Nicolas Jaeger makes this in a particularly unique way, which we think really increases the quality and the value that this wine offers. He first barrel ferments all of the wines that are used to make up this Champagne. He also doesn’t allow them to go through malolactic fermentation, which keeps the acidity particularly bright, with lots of lemon citrus flavours that come through on the palate. That brightness of acidity counterbalances the richness from the oak fermentation. He also then gives it time, believing that Champagne needs to sit on its lees for a particularly long period of time – in this case, 48 months, significantly longer than the region’s minimum standards – and that enables the wine to develop a real complexity and brioche richness that comes through. A wonderfully concentrated, high-quality, refreshing Champagne. I hope you get to enjoy it soon. 

Champagne Alfred Gratien

The Wine Society first started working with Gratien in 1906, making it one of our oldest suppliers. To mark the 100th anniversary of our business relations in 2006 we launched a centenary cuvée which was a resounding success with members.

Based in the heart of Epernay, Gratien has deservedly earned its place as a top Champagne house over the years and its approach is very much quality-driven. Indeed its owner, Alfred Gratien used to compare his Champagne to haute couture. For much of this time, the company was family-owned but then was sold to the German sparkling wine specialist, Henkell & Söhnlein, who immediately began to use their extensive wealth to good effect, making essential repairs, buying vineyards and allowing for modest expansion, without in any way challenging Gratien’s devotion to the old methods of making great Champagne.

These include fermentation in small oak casks, which are bought second-hand from the Chablisienne cooperative in Chablis. Each cru is vinified apart and such is Gratien’s reputation that they are able to buy grapes from top producers and from choice grand and premier cru villages. Though ownership has changed, the cellar master has not: indeed, this all-important job has been in the same family for four generations. Nicolas Jaeger, the present cellar master is very much in charge, though his father is still influential in perpetuating relations with grape suppliers.

The Jaeger family comes from the small village of Reuil in the Marne...
The Wine Society first started working with Gratien in 1906, making it one of our oldest suppliers. To mark the 100th anniversary of our business relations in 2006 we launched a centenary cuvée which was a resounding success with members.

Based in the heart of Epernay, Gratien has deservedly earned its place as a top Champagne house over the years and its approach is very much quality-driven. Indeed its owner, Alfred Gratien used to compare his Champagne to haute couture. For much of this time, the company was family-owned but then was sold to the German sparkling wine specialist, Henkell & Söhnlein, who immediately began to use their extensive wealth to good effect, making essential repairs, buying vineyards and allowing for modest expansion, without in any way challenging Gratien’s devotion to the old methods of making great Champagne.

These include fermentation in small oak casks, which are bought second-hand from the Chablisienne cooperative in Chablis. Each cru is vinified apart and such is Gratien’s reputation that they are able to buy grapes from top producers and from choice grand and premier cru villages. Though ownership has changed, the cellar master has not: indeed, this all-important job has been in the same family for four generations. Nicolas Jaeger, the present cellar master is very much in charge, though his father is still influential in perpetuating relations with grape suppliers.

The Jaeger family comes from the small village of Reuil in the Marne Valley where pinot meunier is the majority grape and has an important role to play here. The meunier works well with barrel fermentation but only if the malolactic fermentation – the conversion of sharp, malic acidity to softer, lactic acidity after the alcoholic fermentation – is suppressed. Gratien wines do not undergo the malo and because of that, they need longer cellaring to enable acidity levels to settle. Non-vintage bottlings, for example, are not released until 3 years after the end of the final stage of production. Nicolas’s mother comes from Le Mesnil where some of the best chardonnay is grown so, not surprisingly, chardonnay is also an important element especially in the long-lived vintage wines.

For such a small house, Gratien produces numerous cuvees, including non-vintage, demi-sec and non-vintage rosé, examples of each of which are sold under The Society’s label. The prestige Cuvée Paradis is a non-vintage blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, drawn from the best vats of grand cru wines. The vintage wines come exclusively from grand cru vineyards and, with their immense complexity and capacity for ageing, are the flagship of the house.
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The Sunday Telegraph

A “private cuvée” created by the champagne house Alfred Gratien for The Wine Society and a beautifully balanced drop, rich gold in hue, crisp but with a light spoonful of vanilla ice...

A “private cuvée” created by the champagne house Alfred Gratien for The Wine Society and a beautifully balanced drop, rich gold in hue, crisp but with a light spoonful of vanilla ice cream along with fresh citrus. Destined to give lots of pleasure at this season's celebrations.

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Susy Atkins

The Sunday Telegraph

A “private cuvée” created by the champagne house Alfred Gratien for The Wine Society and a beautifully balanced drop, rich gold in hue, crisp but with a light spoonful of vanilla ice...

A “private cuvée” created by the champagne house Alfred Gratien for The Wine Society and a beautifully balanced drop, rich gold in hue, crisp but with a light spoonful of vanilla ice cream along with fresh citrus. Destined to give lots of pleasure at this season's celebrations.

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Susy Atkins

Sunday Telegraph

A “private cuvée” created by the Champagne house Alfred Gratien for The Wine Society and a beautifully balanced drop, rich gold in hue, crisp but with a light spoonful of vanilla ice cream...
A “private cuvée” created by the Champagne house Alfred Gratien for The Wine Society and a beautifully balanced drop, rich gold in hue, crisp but with a light spoonful of vanilla ice cream along with fresh citrus. Destined to give lots of pleasure at summer celebrations.
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- Susy Atkins

Platinum

Most often, I serve The Society’s Champagne Brut, a sort of poor man’s, or poor woman’s, Krug.

- Joanna Simon

midweekwines.co.uk

Best Champagne, People's Choice Drinks Awards: With noteworthy earlyexuberance, [this Champagne] impressed the judges with the excellent way itszesty grapefruit acidity combines with the red apple...
Best Champagne, People's Choice Drinks Awards: With noteworthy earlyexuberance, [this Champagne] impressed the judges with the excellent way itszesty grapefruit acidity combines with the red apple backbone and the gentleyeasty backdrop that also contains hints of almond biscuits.
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- Brian Elliott

Portsmouth News

Very handily available in half-bottles. Made for The Wine Society by the highly regarded producer, Alfred Gratien, this is a blend of all three classic Champagne grapes. Relatively unusually, the...
Very handily available in half-bottles. Made for The Wine Society by the highly regarded producer, Alfred Gratien, this is a blend of all three classic Champagne grapes. Relatively unusually, the fermentation is carried out in small oak barrels, it has a really inviting bouquet of citrus and hazelnuts along with some toasty notes followed by a nicely textured palate with lively acidity and a persistent finish. A lovely aperitif but would also work with fresh seafood, and oysters in particular.
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- Alistair Gibson

midweekwines.co.uk

OK, not the cheapest champagne but one offering a delightful balance and sophistication that fully justifies paying a little more. With early exuberance and long creamy texture, The Society’s ...
OK, not the cheapest champagne but one offering a delightful balance and sophistication that fully justifies paying a little more. With early exuberance and long creamy texture, The Society’s Champagne  builds on those attributes with ripe lemon and apple flavours, zesty grapefruit acidity, and a gentle backdrop contain neat suggestions of almond biscuits.
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- Brian Elliott

Sussex Express

The Wine Society hasbeen buying Alfred Gratien Champagne for over 100 years. Made with greatattention to detail in small oak barrels, it is aged for at least three years,giving extra depth, complexity and ...
The Wine Society hasbeen buying Alfred Gratien Champagne for over 100 years. Made with greatattention to detail in small oak barrels, it is aged for at least three years,giving extra depth, complexity and length of flavour.
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- Richard Esling

Sunday Express

Made for The WineSociety by Alfred Gratien, here's a lively, bright, appley fizz with toastydepth and keen acidity. Very stylish and full of interest.

- Jamie Goode

champagneguru.co.uk

Best value wines forChristmas and the New Year: Fermented in oak casks this wine gets a good dealmore time in bottle than many celebrated names and boasts a rich, spicy,savoury style that works both as a...
Best value wines forChristmas and the New Year: Fermented in oak casks this wine gets a good dealmore time in bottle than many celebrated names and boasts a rich, spicy,savoury style that works both as a great pick me up and with the right sort offood: savoury fishy canapés.
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- Giles Fallowfield

Three Wine Men

Impeccable.  Asteal for the quality and lashings of personality for the price.

- Olly Smith

BBC Good Food Magazine

This is all about bigflavours: brown apples, nuts and spicy notes. If, like me, you love BollingerChampagne but can’t afford it, this is the wine for you. The producer, AlfredGratien, is one of the...
This is all about bigflavours: brown apples, nuts and spicy notes. If, like me, you love BollingerChampagne but can’t afford it, this is the wine for you. The producer, AlfredGratien, is one of the few houses along with Bollinger that still age their winesin oak.
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- Henry Jeffreys

independent.co.uk

This is a fantasticown-label Champagne from the Wine Society, made by Alfred Gratien with hisdistinctive style: fermenting and aging his wines in oak barrels for addeddepth, concentration and nuttiness....
This is a fantasticown-label Champagne from the Wine Society, made by Alfred Gratien with hisdistinctive style: fermenting and aging his wines in oak barrels for addeddepth, concentration and nuttiness. There’s a lovely mix of light oaksavouriness with a burst of honeyed fruit on the mid-palate, dissolving to along, dry finish. There are well-rounded flavours with a steely, unflaggingacidity. This tension is maintained throughout, making it a brilliant choicefor a lengthy evening of entertaining. -
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Nuria Stylianou

ft.com

I love The WineSociety and I love this rich, toasty, oak-fermented champagne, made especiallyfor them by Alfred Gratien, with whom the Wine Society has been in cahootssince 1906.

- Jonathan Ray

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