Drappier


Drappier Carte d'Or |Brut |NV

Drappier

Drappier Carte d'Or

Brut NV

$74.95

- Emperor's Yellow Label

- Pinot Noir dominant brut champagne

- One of the oldest houses in Champagne with little to no sulphur across the range 

Here is the Carte d'Or. The colours are intense deep yellow with shiny golden hues. The nose is open, fruit-driven and expressive that lead into citrus and grapefruit plus some hazelnut and brioche complexity.

The texture is silken, soft and moreish. It has roundness to the palate with a refreshing crispness bringing everything back into focus. Finally we complete the journey with a little spice and honeyed notes.

This is quality champagne at an excellent price point.

A non-vintage cuvée made from 75% Pinot Noir / 15% Chardonnay / 10% Meunier from the Côte des Bar with minimal use of sulphites during winemaking, and 5% of the wines matured in barrels for 1 year to enrich the cuvée. Dosage is at a moderate 7 g/l. 

Since 1808 the Drappier family has used its skill to select parcels of land, which are particularly well exposed and extremely rich in limestone. They are located in the small village of Urville in the Côte des Bar where Pinot Noir, the predominant grape variety, finds its purest expression and allows the production of very elegant, aromatic wines. With an annual production of some 1.5 million bottles, they are considerably larger than a small grower, but not quite of the size of the Grande Marques in and around Reims and Epernay. Drappier is one of the foremost producers in the region which is highly respected amongst its peers like Cédric Bouchard, Marie-Courtin, Vouette et Sorbée, and Jacques Lassaigne. They own 55 hectares of vineyards and use another 50 hectares under contract with other growers. A an interesting historical fact is that Charles de Gaulle (the Former Minister of the Armed Forces in France) was very fond of their Champagne and they named a cuvée after him. Amongst their range of excellent cuvée’s, they have a range including a ‘Sulfur free’, ‘Zero dosage’, and a ‘blanc de blancs’ that contains a forgotten grape called Blanc Vrai.

"Described by Drappier as 'almost a blanc de noirs', this Pinot Noir-dominant wine sourced from the Côte des Bar is the house's calling card. 5% of the cuvée is matured in barrels for a year for added complexity and texture, and it's bottled unfiltered with a fairly low dosage of 7g/l. There are some melon and apple scents on the nose along with a splash of red fruits, while the palate is intense, with notes of apple, quince and grape wrapped in a red-fruit veil. It's full-bodied and long, with a lovely texture from the red wine tannins and oak-matured portion." - James Button at the Champagne Show Tasting, 91 points

Technical notes 

A non-vintage cuvée made from 75% Pinot Noir / 15% Chardonnay / 10% Meunier from the Côte des Bar with minimal use of sulphites during winemaking, and 5% of the wines matured in barrels for 1 year to enrich the cuvée. Dosage is at a moderate 7 g/l. 

Review

"Described by Drappier as 'almost a blanc de noirs', this Pinot Noir-dominant wine sourced from the Côte des Bar is the house's calling card. 5% of the cuvée is matured in barrels for a year for added complexity and texture, and it's bottled unfiltered with a fairly low dosage of 7g/l. There are some melon and apple scents on the nose along with a splash of red fruits, while the palate is intense, with notes of apple, quince and grape wrapped in a red-fruit veil. It's full-bodied and long, with a lovely texture from the red wine tannins and oak-matured portion." - James Button at the Champagne Show Tasting, 91 points

About the house

Since 1808 the Drappier family has used its skill to select parcels of land, which are particularly well exposed and extremely rich in limestone. They are located in the small village of Urville in the Côte des Bar where Pinot Noir, the predominant grape variety, finds its purest expression and allows the production of very elegant, aromatic wines. With an annual production of some 1.5 million bottles, they are considerably larger than a small grower, but not quite of the size of the Grande Marques in and around Reims and Epernay. Drappier is one of the foremost producers in the region which is highly respected amongst its peers like Cédric Bouchard, Marie-Courtin, Vouette et Sorbée, and Jacques Lassaigne. They own 55 hectares of vineyards and use another 50 hectares under contract with other growers. A an interesting historical fact is that Charles de Gaulle (the Former Minister of the Armed Forces in France) was very fond of their Champagne and they named a cuvée after him. Amongst their range of excellent cuvée’s, they have a range including a ‘Sulfur free’, ‘Zero dosage’, and a ‘blanc de blancs’ that contains a forgotten grape called Blanc Vrai.

Food suggestion

Pork cutlets and roasted potatoes, parsnips, and carrots.

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking


Aged 3 Years on Lees No Filtration

Foods


Brioche Honey

Citrus Fruit


Grapefruit

Nut


Hazelnut