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.
A 100% Pinot Noir cuvée.
A 100% Pinot Noir cuvée, a 100% first pressing as is always the case in the Drappier house, but with no dosage. In fact no liqueur d’expédition (sugared liqueur) is added. All that remains is the natural residual sugar amounting to 2 grams per bottle.
Its colour is ruby gold with coppery reflections, the mousse is barely exuberant but vivacious. The nose is of freshly pressed black grapes, the aromas of citrus and red fruits. Ample in the mouth with a flavour of peach to the vines and a bouquet of aromatic herbs. Straight, lively wine without dryness. Excellent persistence on lightly spicy notes.
The Drappier vineyards extend to over more then 75 hectares and represents the essential, typical and authentic nature of the Drappier’s cuvees. Since 1808 The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
At the end of a particularly slow second fermentation, the vintage wines mature for many years in the cool darkness of the Reims cellars, dug from the chalk during the last century. Our Special cuvées and larger bottles, which are the pride of the house, are laid down in our 12th Century cellars in Urville. Grande Sendrée is produced from a plot of vines planted over 70 years ago. This "cuvée" is today a blend of highly fragrant wines produced in very small quantities. Chardonnay, of which there is 55%, confers finesse and elegance, and Pinot Noir 45% gives body and fruit.
This is the harmonious marriage of 65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and a touch of Pinot Meunier. All grapes have been harvested in vineyards formerly owned by the Abbey of Clairvaux; Old vines on hill sides facing south
This exceptional cuvee expresses freshness and maturity, complexity and richness, all at the same time. Rich gold and grey pearl, with hints of white fruit and ripe mandarin on the nose, a fruity palate with apricot flavours. Complex champagne, quite open and well balanced.