Gruet, Méthode Champenoise Blanc de Noirs- New Mexico, N/V

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Founded in 1984, Gruet Winery specializes in Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines. Family owned and run, the New Mexico-based winery produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based sparkling wines and a small collection of still wines, with roots originating from Gilbert Gruet’s Champagne house in Bethon, France. More than 25 vintages later, Gruet Winery has achieved unprecedented acclaim and remains a favorite of the nation’s top sommeliers.Gilbert Gruet founder of Gruet Winery was born in Bethon, France in 1931, and began working at a young age. In 1952, Gilbert Gruet, along with his wife Danielle, dreamt of producing fine quality Champagne. Gilbert followed his heart and in 1967 created the U.V.C.B. (Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon), a co-op in the village of Bethon, in the Marne department of the Champagne-Ardenne region.

In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards In Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. His children, winemaker Laurent and daughter Nathalie, then relocated to the great state of New Mexico to begin their American wine making adventure.

At 4300 ft. the vineyards are some of the highest in the United States, so regardless of how hot the days might be, the temperature at night can drop as much as thirty degrees, cooling the fruit and slowing down the maturation process on an otherwise short growing season. Sandy and loamy soil, and a lack of humidity that might contribute to rot, give us a consistency of fruit year in and year out, and allow us to produce our award winning wines without the use of pesticides.
In 1989, after the required minimum of two years aging on tirage, Gruet's first two sparkling wines were introduced to a very appreciative wine world. Critics and connoisseurs alike were astonished by the quality and the value. New Mexico wine is now on the map!

Producer Name: Gruet
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: USA
Region: New Mexico
Grape Varietals: Pinot Noir
Vintage: NV
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Sparkling Wine
Viticultural Features: Sandy and loamy soil at 4300 feet above sea level vineyards are some of the highest in the United States with a diurnal difference as much as thirty degrees, cooling the fruit and slowing down the maturation process on an otherwise short growing season.
Winemaking Techniques: Méthode Champenoise
Winemaker: Cyril Tanazacq
ABV:  12%
Pack/Size: 12/750
Container Type: traditional champagne bottle
Closure Style: cork and cage

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