Gilbert Gruet founder of Gruet Winery was born in Bethon, France in 1931. He grew up in a poor family, 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 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.
great bubbles that really last in the glass....big on acidity; almond and citrus on the nose with green apple and floral notes on the palate. full mouthfeel and long finish.
light and fizzy, good for those who don't care for French champagne
Not great, aftertaste.
Wine Spectator"Full bodied, flavorful, mouth filling bubbly with layers of bold, fresh fruit, flavors accented by butter and vanilla and vivid acidity. Quite enjoyable" - THE WINE SPECTATOR "For my money, the best sparkling wine in the US is still produced by Gruet in a place about as far away from Champagne as it could be. . ." -THE NEW YORK TIMES. Sustainable Farming