Gruet Winery

Gilbert Gruet must have sounded a little crazy when he decided to put down roots in New Mexico with the goal of making excellent méthode champenoise sparkling wines like those he crafted in Champagne. Now, 30 years since the Gruet family first planted an experimental vineyard near the town of Truth or Consequences, Gruet has become a classic that places well above its peers both in terms of quality and value for sparkling wines.

Gilbert Gruet started making Champagne in 1952 in his hometown of Bethon, France. It was during a family trip to the southwestern United States that the Gruet family met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards in New Mexico. The following year, Gilbert's children, Laurent and Nathalie, moved to New Mexico to start a new journey for this Champagne family. 1987 was the first vintage, and after aging the wines en tirage for the required two years, Gruet put New Mexico on the wine map with its first release in 1989.

The Gruet vineyards reach 4300 feet in elevation, making them some of the highest in the United States. While daytime temperatures are quite warm, night can bring drops of up to 30 degrees, cooling down the grapes and slowing maturation. Gruet grows in sand and loam soils in an area that lacks humidity. This decreases disease pressure, allowing grapes to be grown without the use of pesticides.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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Gruet Brut NV
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90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "This sleek sparkler is expressive with its floral apple and toasty cinnamon aromas and crisp, layered flavors of lime and mineral. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.—T.F"  Cheers Magazine 95 "Made by a family with old ties to Champagne, you will swear that’s exactly what you are
Item Number: 8914
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
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Gruet Demi Sec NV
Tasting Notes Tasting Notes.  "A fresh and delicate style, our Demi-Sec opens with aromas of fresh apples, pears and peaches that continue to the palate. Flavors of honeysuckle and pineapple emerge on the well-balanced finish."  Winemaking Notes  Varietal Blend: 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay

Gruet 'Gold label' Brut Chardonnay/Pinot Noir NV 375ml
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89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "Focused and richly styled, with spicy tropical fruit aromas and appealing baked apple, cinnamon and herb notes. Drink now. 40,000 cases made. " ~TF  Cheers Magazine 95 "Made by a family with old ties to Champagne, you will swear that’s exactly what you are drinking. Crisp,

Gruet Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir Brut NV 375ml
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Wine Spector 90 WS TOP 100 2011 Rank 43 "Elegant and focused, with creamy vanilla and apple aromas and rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread. Drink now through 2014. 20,000 cases made. " ~TF  Cheers Magazine 95 "The French family Gruet founded their winery in Albuquerque, NM

Gruet 'Blanc de Noirs' Brut NV
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90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Elegant and focused, with creamy vanilla and apple aromas and rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread. Drink now through 2014. 20,000 cases made. –TF"  Cheers Magazine 95 "The French family Gruet founded their winery in Albuquerque, NM more than 25 years ago,

Gruet 'Rose' Rose Brut NV
Cheers Magazine 92 "Crafted from 100% Pinot Noir, this delicate and rich bubbly is bursting with aromas and flavors of wild strawberry. Easy acidity on the finish makes this a favorite for parties and holiday ham or turkey."  The Brut Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir, 2% of which is still. This dry