Drappier


Drappier Millésime Exception 2008 Magnum (1.5L) |Brut |2008

Drappier

Drappier Millésime Exception 2008 Magnum (1.5L)

Brut 2008

$380.00

- One of our favourite magnums, rich and spicy like a Christmas cake.

- A magical 2008 vintage in a Magnum format. One to cellar or celebrate. You choose.

- One of the oldest and most prominent houses in Champagne.

A very complex, rich nose comprising hints of citrus fruits, bread, hazelnuts and almonds. A touch of vanilla testifies to the high proportion of Chardonnay while the depth of the Pinot Noir is expressed in the form of red fruits and violets.

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


50% of the wines are matured in oak barrels for 1 year. After bottling, the cuvée is aged for at least 5 years on lees. The date of disgorgement is printed on each label. Dosage: 5.6 g/l, liqueurs aged in Limousin oak casks. Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used along with mechanical low-pressure presses. Use of gravity to avoid pumping, thus avoiding oxidation. Minimal use of sulphur with natural settling with no filtration. Alcoholic fermentation for roughly two weeks at low temperature then total and natural malolactic fermentation.

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.

Technical details

50% of the wines are matured in oak barrels for 1 year. After bottling, the cuvée is aged for at least 5 years on lees. The date of disgorgement is printed on each label. Dosage: 5.6 g/l, liqueurs aged in Limousin oak casks. Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used along with mechanical low-pressure presses. Use of gravity to avoid pumping, thus avoiding oxidation. Minimal use of sulphur with natural settling with no filtration. Alcoholic fermentation for roughly two weeks at low temperature then total and natural malolactic fermentation.

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.

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant Chardonnay Dominant

Winemaking


Barrel-maturation Aged 5 Years on Lees No Filtration

Earth


Chalky

Foods


Toasty Vanilla

Citrus Fruit


Citrus

Nut


Hazelnut

Herbs & Spices


Spice