Drappier


Drappier Carte d'Or Oenotheque Collection '02|Vintage|2002

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


Organic No Filtration

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Quince

Urville

Urville

What to expect


The Carte d’Or cuvée is the very expression of the Drappier style. With its very high proportion of Pinot Noir, one is almost tasting a Blanc de Noirs. Champagne with a fine aromatic richness, it opens with aromas of stone fruits such as white peach. A spicy hint announces a powerful and complex palate. A vinous Champagne of lovely complexity with a characteristic note of quince.

Made with 75% pinot noir and 15% chardonnay, 10% Meunier.

Technical notes 

Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used with mechanical low-pressure presses and use of gravity to avoid pumping, which avoids oxidisation. Minimal use of sulphur; Natural settling; Alcoholic fermentation for roughly 2 weeks at low temperature; followed by total and natural malolactic fermentation; No filtering.

5% of the wines are matured in barrels for 1 year to enrich the cuvée.

Disgorgement date: Coming soon...

Dosage: 7 g/l

$199.99

Club Price $189.05 (?)

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


Organic No Filtration

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Quince

What to expect


The Carte d’Or cuvée is the very expression of the Drappier style. With its very high proportion of Pinot Noir, one is almost tasting a Blanc de Noirs. Champagne with a fine aromatic richness, it opens with aromas of stone fruits such as white peach. A spicy hint announces a powerful and complex palate. A vinous Champagne of lovely complexity with a characteristic note of quince.

Made with 75% pinot noir and 15% chardonnay, 10% Meunier.

Technical notes 

Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used with mechanical low-pressure presses and use of gravity to avoid pumping, which avoids oxidisation. Minimal use of sulphur; Natural settling; Alcoholic fermentation for roughly 2 weeks at low temperature; followed by total and natural malolactic fermentation; No filtering.

5% of the wines are matured in barrels for 1 year to enrich the cuvée.

Disgorgement date: Coming soon...

Dosage: 7 g/l

About the house

About the house


Food suggestion

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


Perfect with grilled aniseed and lemon sea bass, risotto, sole à la plancha and traditional blanquette of veal.