Champagne Drappier

Region
France - Champagne
Winemaker
Michel Drappier
Size
100 hectare
Established
1808
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Once occupied by Cistercian monks from Clairvaux Abbey, the seat of the House includes some magnificent 12th-century vaulted cellars. Moving on to the more recent past, the ancestral tree of the Drappier Family has its roots in the 17th century, with the birth in 1604 of Remy Drappier, who like Nicolas Ruinart becomes a cloth merchant in Reims. His grandson Nicolas (1669-1724) was a public prosecutor in the reign of Louis XIV. One must wait until 1808 for one of the ancestors of the House, Francois, to move to Urville and begin working a vineyard which today extends over 55 hectares.

In Urville, at the beginning of the 1930s, the vineyard suddenly erupted with heated discussions. Georges Collot, maternal grandfather of Michel, the present head of the House, was the first to decide to plant Pinot Noir in the region. His decision caused some amusement and he was nicknamed « Father Pinot ».

This grape variety now represents 70% of Drappier’s vineyards and almost three quarters of grape production in the local area. Michel believes in minimal intervention and has had his modern winery built in such a way as to enable gentle gravitational movement of grapes, musts and wines in the winemaking process. This allows him to carry out a low sulphur regime which ties in with his practices of controlled oxidation of musts, contributing to the distinctive style of this Champagne House.

Michel Drappier, President of Champagne Drappier, has been named Commandeur of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. The transfer of office took place at the premises of Champagne Drappier in Reims in the presence of an important delegation of the Conseil Chapitral and leaders of the Champagne trade.

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Drappier Blancs de Blancs

Origin: Champagne, France

Established in Urville in the Cote des Bars region since 1908, our family today grow a 75 hectare (99-acre) estate. Charles de Gaulle, an epicurian neighbour in Colombey les Deux Eglises, came to adorn his cellar with our most famous cuvees.

Planted by the Gallo Romans circa 1 AD, our vineyard was one of the first to be improved by the Cistercians of the Clairvaux Abbey. Saint Bernard participated in the building of our 12th Century cellars.

The strong-flavoured cuvees aging here are then shipped to the best tables on the five continents.

Grape Variety

Chardonnay 100%

Winemaker's Notes

Elegant on the nose and crisp on the palate, this Champagne is Composed of 100% Chardonnay from the first pressing only, which links elegance and richness together. Each bottle is signed "Drappier" in gold, the signature of a great Champagne.

Drappier Carte Blanche NV

Origin: Champagne, France

The Drappier vineyard extends over more then 75 hectares and represents the essential, typical and authentic nature of the Drappier’s cuvees. Since 1808The family of Drappier have applied their expertise in selecting parcels of land particularly well exposed to the sun and rich in limestone. They produce expressive and aromatic wines. Champagne Drappier’s principal growing areas are: Urville, Berferes, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Marueil-Sur-ay and Cramant.

In an area rich in history and tourist attractions, the cellars, constructed By the monks of Clairvaux Abbey in the 12th century are located only 14 Kilometres from Colombey-Les-Deux-Eglises, the resting place of Charles de Gaule. A former customer of Maison Drappier.

Vinification

Only cuvees are used on a membrane press. From the press to the tanks without pumping. Natural decantation. Temperature controlled for 14 days of fermentation. Racking and malolactic fermentation straight away at a temperature of 18°C. Fining at a low temperature, two to three years on the lies at cellar temperature, 11°C. The wine rests a minimum of four months after disgorging before shipment.

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir 75%, Chardonnay 25%

Winemaker's Notes

Firm, rich and intense, with concentrated pear, red fruits, spice, vanilla and muting flavours and complex. The long flowerful finish has a spicy hazelnut aftertaste.

Drappier Carte D'Or Brut NV

Origin: Champagne, France

Established in Urville in the Cote des Bars region since 1908, the family today grow a 75 hectare estate. Charles de Gaulle, an epicurian neighbour in Colombey les Deux Eglises, came to adorn his cellar with their most famous cuvees.

Vinification

Only cuvees are used on a membrane press. From the press to the tanks without pumping. Natural decantation. Temperature controlled: 18°C 14 days of fermentation. Racking and malolactic fermentation and filtering. Two to three years on the lies at cellar temperature (11°C). The wine rests a minimum four months after disgorging before shipment.

Nearly a Blanc de Noirs. Low level of SO2. Very little pumping during the process. Natural fining in winter. Dosage with a liqueur matured in oak barrels .

Grape Variety

Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Winemaker's Notes

A bouquet of sweet briar quickly gives way to the aromas of stoned fruits. Spicy hints announce a powerful and complex impact in the mouth. An immediately vinous ensemble on the palate dominated by ripe fruits, this brut has a natural freshness with a finish of great length. Serving suggestion – 7°C, goes well with foie gras or desserts without coffee. It keeps well for a minimum of three years.

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