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.

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Drappier Brut Nature, André et Michael, Champagne Drappier

Drappier Brut Nature André et Michael

Origin: Champagne, France

A 100% Pinot Noir cuvée.

Vinification

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.

Grape Variety
Pinot Noir 100%
Alcohol by Volume
12.0% ABV
Wine Style
Sparkling & Champagne
Closure
Cork, wire cage

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Available Vintages & Format

SKUDescriptionFormatVintageAvailabilityTrade PriceStock (Cases)
B0309194DRAPPIER Brut Nature NVBottle (75cl)NV Available£ 26.310.58
B0309497DRAPPIER Brut Nature magnum NVMagnum (150cl)NV Trade only--

This is not a formal quotation. Prices shown are per bottle (size as indicated) DPD excluding VAT. All wines are sold subject to our Terms and Conditions of Sale.
Stock reported in cases of 12 bottles, 24 halves, 6 magnums (all 9L). Oversize bottles in single units.

Drappier Millesime Exception, , Champagne Drappier

Drappier Millesime Exception

Origin: Champagne, France

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.

Vinification

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

Grape Variety
Pinot Noir 65%, Chardonnay 30%, Pinot Meunier 5%
Alcohol by Volume
12.0% ABV
Wine Style
Sparkling & Champagne
Closure
Cork, wire cage

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Available Vintages & Format

SKUDescriptionFormatVintageAvailabilityTrade PriceStock (Cases)
B0212143DRAPPIER Exception magnum 02Magnum (150cl)2002 Trade only--

This is not a formal quotation. Prices shown are per bottle (size as indicated) DPD excluding VAT. All wines are sold subject to our Terms and Conditions of Sale.
Stock reported in cases of 12 bottles, 24 halves, 6 magnums (all 9L). Oversize bottles in single units.

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