Gratien & Meyer
In 1864, Alfred Gratien built his cellars in the Saumur hillside, in the ancient tuffeau tunnels in the Loire Valley of France. Originally a mining site, the stone quarries had been abandoned for several years before Gratien purchased the property.  Soon after, he began production of sparkling wines there.  Later that same year, Gratien established a second house in Epernay to begin production of champagne. Some years after starting his wineries, Gratien met Jean-Albert Meyer, a winemaker’s son from Alsace. The winery name in the Loire was eventually changed to Gratien & Meyer and was passed down through several generations. Today, all 150 years of tradition can be tasted in every bottle.  Gratien & Meyer Brut and Brut Rosé are a perfect example of the terroir across the Saumur and Crémant de Loire appellations. From bottling to packaging, including the aging process and all stages of wine production are carried out at the Saumur estate in the hillside known as the sunny “Valley of the Kings.”
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