Is there no end to the trend for grower champagne? Bancroft Wines is the latest merchant to announce an expansion to its grower portfolio, with the addition of Gratiot-Pillière.
‘This underlines our support of the grower champagne industry and the quality that can be found outside of the grand-marques,’ said David Murphy, head of purchasing for Bancroft.
Bancroft is listing two cuvées: the Brut Tradition (£16.85) and Brut Rosé (£19.40). The former is 68% Pinot Meunier and made up of 52% wines from the 2012 harvest. It offers aromas of baked croissants, marmalade and rich vanilla with a citrus burst, followed by an opulent yet elegant palate with lemon tart notes, a streak of minerality and well-balanced acidity. The rosé is an 80:20 Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay blend and is recommended as a pairing with lobster.
This family-run house was established in 1657 and owns 18 hectares of vineyards in Charly-sur-Marne, Saulchery, Bonneil and Azy-sur-Marne. Today 11th generation father-and-son vignerons Olivier and Sébastien are at the helm, producing Pinot Meunier-dominant blends.
Gratiot-Pillière’s export manager Christelle Gratiot commented: ‘We’re delighted to be partnering exclusively with Bancroft Wines. Our desire is to offer the finest handcrafted quality champagnes combined with Bancroft Wines’ best client service throughout the UK. We look forward to a long standing partnership.’
Gratiot-Pillière was previously distributed by Armit Wines. It joins Pierre Paillard (Grand Cru, Bouzy), Pierre Moncuit (Grand Cru, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and Champagne Geoffroy (Premier Cru, Aÿ) in Bancroft’s grower portfolio.
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