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Vinifying Champagne in old oak barrels is something which has really caught on in the last few years, yet many drinkers are clueless to the fact that it was houses like that of Alfred Gratien which made this technique so famous and well recognised (and when they weren't being vinified at the House then they were being looked after over at Bollinger). 1864 was the year when it all began for this Champagne brand, and it was to mark the foundation of a company which would focus themselves on following the finest traditional techniques going.
Another thing which makes the House of Alfred Gratien stand out from the rest is their determination to steer clear of fashions and trends – something which many winemaking companies would do well to follow. Seemingly unaffected by the pressures of modern day mass production – as well as the growing thirst for ever more wine varieties – this House are happy making just 250,000 bottles each and every year; a relatively small amount compared to many other houses. Comparing Champagne to haute couture, the highest mark of fashion there is, the founder of the House himself was unbothered by the competition and instead focused the brand's ethos on making the very best Champagne possible. And we think that's far more important than giving up your morals and following the mainstream.