Bold bubbles

Alfred Gratien Brut NV, Champagne, AUD $93

A powerful, dramatic Champagne in a very dry, incisive and complex barrel-fermented (but not oaky) style. It has a very attractive nutty bouquet and a tremendously intense, lingering palate. Seldom does one taste such concentration in a non-vintage Champagne. (Cork)

Score: 97 ★★★★★ – view Huon’s original tasting

Alcohol: 12%

Ageing: ready now but will age five years

Food: drink with choux pastry stuffed with mushroom

Stockists: Bellevue Hill Bottle Shop – NSW; Fitzroy Cellars – Vic (AU only)

Ranked #1 of 90 Chardonnay blends from Champagne

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