Blanc de Noirs NV:
90 Points & Top 100 - Wine Spectator
French for “white of black”, Blanc de Noirs describes a sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir grapes, by pressing them gently and running the pale juice over the skins.
Pale Salmon in color, the Blanc de Noirs has aromas of berry and pear, complimented by a rich, round mouth feel on the palate. It finishes with a layer of cream and pleasant, warm toastiness. Incredibly versatile with all styles of food!
Gruet Sauvage NV:
Gruet Sauvage NV is a bone-dry sparkler, pale straw in color with a delicate but persistent mousse. The aromas of bright mineral and citrus notes tickle the nose followed by touches of green apple, lemon and grapefruit. The finish is structured, flavorful and long. The bright acidity makes this wine a perfect pairing for oysters, sushi and cream sauces.
Gruet Brut NV:
90 Points & Top 100 - Wine Spectator
Brut NV was our first wine released in 1989. As the predominant grape used in Champagne, “We wanted our first sparkling wine to express the finesse of Chardonnay”- Laurent Gruet. More than twenty years later, our Brut NV remains our flagship sparkling wine for both quality and price.
Wonderful aromas of green apple and citrus with mineral notes make for a delightful start to this traditional sparkler. Our Brut NV offers bright, crisp acidity complimented by a touch of yeast on the delightfully long finish. A classic house style!
Winery: Gruet Winery
Owner: Gruet Family
Location: New Mexico
Founded in 1984, Gruet Winery specializes in Methode 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.
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I have been holding out on any purchases for a few months, telling myself I would only buy gruet or a mixed red “mystery” case. Well I think a few months is a personal record! Gruet drinks well above the price point, I buy bottles at retail fairly often.
I used to be intimidated by sparkling wine. A couple times I paid for or was given something expensive, and was disappointed. A couple times I had less expensive stuff and enjoyed it, but couldn’t find it later. When I had a bottle of sparkling I wasn’t sure when to open it.
Then I found Gruet on casemates, and all the stress went away. For less than $11 / bottle, I had great juice that I didn’t have to be stressed about opening. I took a Sauvage to Bonefish grill with my wife, paid $10 corkage, ordered some creamy dishes, and bada bing I was the Big Man. Oh yeah. And bob was my uncle. Felt like we were celebrating a Stanley Cup win or something. Now my wife and I are living the Sparkling Lifestyle. Which was pretty good like before but now all sparkly.
I’m actually passing at this time because I have the remains of 2 Gruet cases plus some other variously obtained sparkling to polish off, and I have to save my nickles for what seems to be the Crazy Year of Inexpensive Pinot Noir (CYOIPN). But any of you who have not been into sparkling and suspect you should be, get a case of this. (I’m sure in next time.)
Final thought gentlemen (I don’t know how else to say this): chicks dig a man who periodically pulls out a bottle of sparkling wine and announces “I want to have this with you tonight baby.” Whether your taken, or courtin’, or sparkin’, this is a pro move. Do I have that right ladies?
@NoGenocide I’m storing them just like my other wine: in foam shipping cases in a closet under the basement stairs. Average temperature about 68, with daily variance minimized (eliminated?) by the foam cases.
I’m running out of space (curse you casemates!) so I plan on getting foam boxes to pile some wine in that I won’t be drinking for a few years. Less elegant and handy, but I can fit more wine in less space. I’ve heard I can get those from pet stores who have extra foam boxes lying around after they get fish shipments.
@PatrickKarcher Nice. We just bought our first wine fridge, but there is no room to store anything in them vertically. I’ve read that some argue storing sparkling horizontally is detrimental, but others that say that is only true for short term. Have you noticed one way or the other with your approach?
@NoGenocide From what I’d picked up, sparkling should be on it’s side long term. But, don’t know. I don’t have any sparkling to age yet (though I’m gonna try to build up wine budget for if/when Iron Horse comes around again) but I’m gonna look into that when I do.
Color: Bright, light golden hue. Tight, tiny bubble/effervescence. instead of red wine legs, there is a foamy finish on the glass
Nose: Bright kiwi, no alcohol, clean, no yeasty Smell
Taste: clean, fresh, bright acidity, not cloying, not bone Dry, hint of RS, Moussy feel in Mouth
very enjoyable, not a mixing sparkler,great on its own. think it would be Great with a cheese and fruit board not so sure with shellfish. none of the doughy and/or yeasty notes I really enjoy in more expensive sparklers but then again we don’t drink bubbles too often . I . Any event, this is nice, fresh and a great at QPR . Drinks well above similarly priced Korbel Bottles at our local grocery store. In for a case to share with my wino Co-worker
@losthighwayz SWMBO helped with the notes. This was for the Brut. Hope notes are helpful even though many on here are familiar with Gruet offers and the great value attached to them. Thank you WD team for the opportunity to rat!
I got a case last time this was on offer and there is not a miss in the bunch. The Sauvage is bright and crisp, the Blanc de Noir has the slightest suggestion of bramble fruit, the Blanc de Blanc is balanced with a persistent bead. I’m in for another case, this will be perfect for Spring into Summer celebrations.
I was so excited to get the email that I was selected for my first Lab Rattage assignment. I was a little bummed when I received a sparkling wine as we are a solidly red wine household. Okay let’s get to the good stuff.
Color: lovely light golden color and lots of tight bubbles
Nose: green apple, some citrus and dry leaves
Taste: very well balanced. Not to dry, not too acidic, with flavors of pear and green apple leading the way and some citrus following behind.
Overall: we actually loved this wine. I’m pulling the trigger on this one and I would have probably never done it without trying it first. Step out your comfort zone and give this one a shot.
This would be an autobuy for me, but I bought 6 cases of Gruet for my wedding after having it here. Was a huge hit, but I’m swimming in leftovers. Definitely not complaining. All three of these are awesome.
Forgot this was up. Popped a bottle of the Sauvage for mimosas today with some home fries, bacon, and scrambled eggs. Too many think you can hide an inferior bubbly by mixing it with orange juice. They’re sadly mistaken. All you get is an inferior “mimosa.” Better to use a superior bubbly like this, throw in a splash of Cointreau, and have a superior mimosa. As Peter Wellington.s tasting room manager, Toby Germano, used to say, “Life’s too short to drink lousy wine.” In for a case.
These are generally well worth it. But does anyone actually fact check the posted reviews? The blanc de noirs was Spectator top 100 but it was 8 years ago, 2011. So a bit of a stretch? And the brut nv was never a WS top 100.
@kaolis Funny you say this. I ran into this last week while traveling internationally where a wine on a menu (Syrah+Xinomavro) was advertised as having a 90pt Parker rating. Turns out, the parker rating was for a 2009 drank in 2013 and the one on the menu was a 2013. It was not a pleasant wine.
Caution-Chill the Sauvage before even TOUCHING That wire. I just opened one (Friday night, I wanted to treat myself nice), and no sooner than I unscrewed the wire than it sprayed EVERYWHERE. Thankfully I was opening it over the sink, but there was a 3 ft splash zone where the cork (wherever it ended up!) propelled itself off to parts unknown. (I have a kitchen with an open plan that, across the counters, leads to an entryway. I suspect I’ll find it tomorrow in a coat pocket!)
@chipgreen I usually don’t have an issue. I’ve had more bubblies refuse to open than open themselves. It might have been weather related-We’ve had storms off and on all day. Atmospheric pressure and all that!