Drappier


Drappier Millésime Exception '12|Vintage|2012

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


Organic No Filtration

Nut

Nut


Almond

Herbs & Spices

Herbs & Spices


Ginger

Urville

Urville

What to expect


A very complex, rich nose revealing hints of fresh ginger, stone fruit and almond. In the mouth it is lightly creamy with good tightness and a suggestion of brioche. A floral touch testifies to the high proportion of Chardonnay while the depth of the Pinot Noir is expressed in the form of red fruits and appealing bitter notes.

Made with 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, 

Technical notes 

The year 2012 was memorable for a historic hailstorm which reduced yields considerably. The surviving grapes developed harmoniously and produced a low quantity vintage deemed excellent.

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.

Assemblage – 100% of the wines are made in stainless steel vats in order to preserve as much freshness as possible.

Disgorgement date: Coming soon...

Dosage: 5.6 g/l

$124.99

Club Price $117.80 (?)

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


Organic No Filtration

Nut

Nut


Almond

Herbs & Spices

Herbs & Spices


Ginger

What to expect


A very complex, rich nose revealing hints of fresh ginger, stone fruit and almond. In the mouth it is lightly creamy with good tightness and a suggestion of brioche. A floral touch testifies to the high proportion of Chardonnay while the depth of the Pinot Noir is expressed in the form of red fruits and appealing bitter notes.

Made with 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, 

Technical notes 

The year 2012 was memorable for a historic hailstorm which reduced yields considerably. The surviving grapes developed harmoniously and produced a low quantity vintage deemed excellent.

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.

Assemblage – 100% of the wines are made in stainless steel vats in order to preserve as much freshness as possible.

Disgorgement date: Coming soon...

Dosage: 5.6 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.