Champagne Drappier Carte d’or Brut. France

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For one of Champagne’s most forward-thinking producers, Drappier has no shortage of historic roots. An eighth-generation family business, the house was founded in 1808, and occupies magnificent twelfth-century cellars built by Cistercian monks. Having spearheaded the revival of Pinot Noir in the region, in the 1930s, Drappier continued to innovate. Rosé in a clear bottle was introduced in 1968; extremely low levels of sulphur are used, and there is even a no-added-sulphur cuvée made; the liqueur d’expédition is matured for over fifteen years in oak and demi-johns; and Drappier is the only house to ferment every format, from half-bottles up to the gigantic 30-litre Melchisédech, in the bottle in which it is sold.

Champagne Drappier Carte d’or Brut. Blanc de Noirs. France

  • Product Type:  Champagne & Sparkling Wine
  • Country:  France
  • Region:  Champagne
  • Appellation:  Champagne
  • Producer:  Champagne Drappier
  • Vintage:  NV
  • Alcohol:  12%
  • Grape Varieties:  75% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier
  • Closure:  Cork

TASTING NOTES

A Pinot Noir-based champagne of style and finesse, Carte d’Or offers delicate aromas of white peach, quince and a touch of spice. The dry, elegant palate shows an impressive degree of concentration, along with fine bubbles and a long, crisp finish.

Over half of Drappier’s production comes from the family’s own vineyards near their base in Urville. Viticulture is close to organic, with horse-drawn ploughing, cover crops and natural fertiliser used.

Press  ”Lightly chalky, with a firm backbone of acidity framing flavors of ripe apple, biscuit, candied lemon zest and ground ginger. Shows fine texture and good length.” –

90 points, Wine Spectator, November 2012

 

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