Champagne Alfred Tritant Mes Racines Brut Review

Something that really stands out about Alfred Tritant, as compared to many récoltant-manipulant houses which emerged in the 1980s, is that their solera dates as far back as 50 years, and they’ve been bottling their own Champagnes since 1930.

Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick

Mes Racines Brut
Mes Racines Brut: front of bottle with wine in glass

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About this Wine

Wine: NV Mes Racines Brut
Blend: 67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay (Undisclosed blend of reserve wines)
Dosage: 9 g/L
Region: Grand Cru Bouzy and Ambonnay (Montagne de Reims), Champagne, France
Retail price: $50
I consumed it: November 2022
My source: The Champagne Club by Wine Access

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From this wine club: The Champagne Club by Wine Access

From this winery: Champagne Alfred Tritant

Region: Champagne, France

Wine color/style: Sparkling wine

Grape variety or blend: Champagne

Tasting notes: Apple, Pear, Creamy, Tart

Other characteristics: Grower, Grand cru

Mes Racines Brut: What I think

The story of Alfred Tritant is the story of most grower Champagne. Before the 1980s, most growers sold all of their grapes to the big maisons, like Moet and Veuve Clicquot. There was a cultural shift around that time, enabling the growers to hold back some, or all, of their grapes and start producing their own Champagne (this was the birth of the term récoltant-manipulant). Something that really stands out about Alfred Tritant is that their solera dates as far back as 50 years, and they’ve been bottling their own Champagnes since 1930.

I found the nose was predominantly apple and pear, with something I identified as baked brie in the mix. This was a bit more tart than the Juillet-Lallement I drank the night before, and I remarked that it had “edges.” There was a sharpness to the way it moved through my mouth that wasn’t just about the bubbles. These types of wines are great with creamy or fatty foods as they cut right through the tongue-coating solids, like a mini palate cleanser between each bite.

Last updated: March 20, 2023

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