Drappier


Drappier Millesime Exception '08 Magnum 1.5L|Brut|2008

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


No Filtration

Urville

Urville

What to expect


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.

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 2 weeks at low temperature then total and natural malolactic fermentation.

Production - 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.

$399.00

Club Price $379.05 (?)

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


No Filtration

What to expect


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.

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 2 weeks at low temperature then total and natural malolactic fermentation.

Production - 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.

About the house

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.