Champagne Drappier

Champagne Drappier

For eight generations the Drappier family has been cultivating what is authentic and natural in our pursuit of fine Champagne. In Urville. at the heart of the limestone terroir of the Côte des Bar, their Champagne has the strong yet mineral identity of Pinot Noir. In this video, they open the door of their estate to you.

Although the vines in Urville were originally planted by the Romans 2000 years ago, it was Saint Bernard, founder of Clairvaux Abbey, who had our cellars built in 1152.

Seven centuries later, in 1808, around this magnificently preserved testimony to medieval times, where the exceptional cuvées slumber, the family domaine was created which today is headed by Michel Drappier. An area in which Pinot Noir thrives, a grape variety which “runs through our veins”, Urville lies where our vineyard was first planted and is now cultivated according to organic and natural principles.

Just like the “archives” plotting the long history of our house, we also continue to cultivate forgotten and nevertheless unforgettable grape varieties: Arbane, Petit Meslier and Blanc Vrai.

Today, rather than sophisticated, sometimes overdone excellence, we prefer authenticity and a natural approach.

Thanks mainly to very low quantities of dosage and extremely limited use of sulphites, of which the Brut Nature Without Sulphur cuvée is the culmination, we are able to highlight the multifaceted aspects of our terroirs and our wine-making.

 Champagne Drappier The family stretches back to the draper Rémy Drappier, who was born in 1604, but it was not until 1808 that François settled in Urville, in the south of Champagne, where Cistercian monks had settled in the 12th century.

Champagne Drappier
The family stretches back to the draper Rémy Drappier, who was born in 1604, but it was not until 1808 that François settled in Urville, in the south of Champagne, where Cistercian monks had settled in the 12th century.

The Wines:

 

Carte d’Or
Brut Nature Sans Soufre Blanc de Blancs
Brut Nature Zero Dosage Charles de Gaulle
Grande Sendrée Quattuor 
 ROSES:
 Brut Rosé
Brut Nature Rosé
Grande Sendree Rosé

 

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Champagne Drappier Carte d’Or

 

Champagne Drappier Carte d’Or

Carte d’Or in a nutshell…
~ All the Drappier know-how
~ Almost a Blanc de Noirs
~ Notes of quince

Vinification of the Carte d’Or cuvée
~ Only the juices from first pressing are used
~ Use of gravity to avoid oxidation
~ No filtering
~ Minimal use of sulphur
~ 5% of the wines are matured in barrels for 1 year to enrich the cuvée.
~ Dosage: 7 g/l

GRAPE VARIETY: 75% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, 10% Meunier

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. At the table it goes with white meats, rolled fish fillets, Chaource cheese. Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: 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 vineyard peach. A spicy hint announces a powerful and complex palate. A vinous Champagne of lovely complexity with a characteristic note of quince jelly.

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Champagne Drappier large formats produced by the house
Magnum - (1.5 litres) = 2 standard bottles
Jeroboam - (3 litres) = 4 standard bottles
Methuselem - (6 litres) = 8 standard bottles
Balthazar - (12 litres) = 16 standard bottles
Nebuchadnesor - (15 litres) = 20 standard bottles
Solomon - (18 litres) = 24 standard bottles
Primat - (27 litres) = 36 standard bottles
Melchisédech - (30 litres) = 40 standard bottles

Wine Spectator - 91 Points

This balanced version is firm and lightly toasty, with a tightly knit mix of ripe plum, blanched almond and orange liqueur flavors. Ample ground spice and pink grapefruit zest notes show on the vivacious finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases imported. –AN - Oct 31, 2016

 

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Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Zero Dosage

Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Zero Dosage

Brut Nature in a nutshell…
~ Zero Dosage
~ Natural
~ Very low sulphur content
~ 100% Pinot Noir
~ Non-filtered

Vinification of the Brut Nature cuvée
~ Only the juices from first pressing are used
~ No filtering
~ Use of gravity to avoid oxidation
~ Minimal use of sulphur
~ Zero dosage
~ Then total and natural malolactic fermentation
~ 100% of the wines are made in vats in order to preserve freshness
~ After bottling, the cuvée is aged at least 30 months sur lattes (on laths).

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. The perfect accompaniment for seafood, sashimi or even soft goat’s cheese. Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: Vermilion gold in colour. Nose of freshly pressed black grapes, of red, white and citrus fruits. Ample palate with flesh of vineyard peach and bouquet of aromatic herbs. Small spicy notes in the finish. A fine, tightly knit Champagne of great purity.

Our "Brut Nature" has been awarded Gold Medal at
the International Wine Challenge 2016.

goldIWCWine Spectator - 92 Points

Firm acidity frames this dry version, yet it's finely integrated with a subtle range of yellow plum, apricot, biscuit, fleur de sel and crushed almond flavors, providing definition without hard angles. Ends with a lacy finish. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases imported. –AN - Oct 31, 2016

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Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Sans Soufre

Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Sans Soufre

Brut Nature Without Sulphur in a nutshell…
~ Zero Dosage
~ Nature
~ No sulphur added
~ Pinot Noir
~ Non-filtered

Vinification of the Brut Nature Without Sulphur cuvée
~ Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used
~ Mechanical low-pressure presses
~ Use of gravity to avoid pumping, thus avoiding oxidisation
~ Natural settling
~ Alcoholic fermentation for roughly 2 weeks at low temperature
~ Then total and natural malolactic fermentation
~ No addition of sulphur
~ No filtering
~ Assemblage – 100% of the wines are made in vats in order to preserve as much       freshness  as possible
~ After bottling, the cuvée is aged at least 3 years sur lattes (on laths).
~ Zero dosage

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. The perfect accompaniment for seafood, sashimi
or even soft goat’s cheese.  Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: Very fresh nose evoking pear, lemon and hazelnuts. On the palate, a very dry, mineral Champagne bursting with life. It will delight enthusiasts and purists on the lookout for new tastebud sensations. Recommended for those allergic to sulphur.

Wine Spectator - 91 Points

Floral on the nose, but dry and minerally on the palate, offering subtle notes of white cherry, mandarin orange peel, fresh ginger and almond skin, all set in a chalky texture. Leans toward the austere side, but the balance is there, so enjoy this with light seafood or shellfish. Disgorged May 2016. Drink now through 2020. 100 cases imported. –AN - Oct 31, 2016

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Champagne Drappier Charles de Gaulle

Champagne Drappier Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle in a nutshell…
~ Pinot Noir
~ Homage
~ Character
~ Quest for authenticity

Vinification of the Charles de Gaulle cuvée
~ Only the juices from first pressing are used
~ Dosage: 7.5 g/l
~ Use of gravity to avoid oxidation
~ No filtering
~ Minimal use of sulphur
~ Total ML for 2 weeks
~ 100% of the wines are made in vats to preserve freshness.
~ Bottled and aged for at least 3 years

GRAPE VARIETY: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. Pheasant stuffed with foie gras, mixed green salad with strips of guinea fowl, Brie de Meaux. Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: Very fine nose of citrus fruits, apple, almond or perhaps nutmeg. When it reaches the palate the Charles de Gaulle Cuvée exhibits a remarkable complexity, with an airy mousse and lightly candied notes.

Wine Spectator - 91 Points

Firm and well-structured, this elegant Champagne features a fine and lacy mousse that imparts a sense of finesse, carrying a subtle mix of cassis, toast, candied kumquat and espresso notes. Delivers a lingering, spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. 50 cases imported. –AN  - Oct 31, 2016

 

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Champagne Drappier Blanc de Blancs

Champagne Drappier Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs in a nutshell…
~ Light and airy
~ Creamy
~ Natural
~ Very low sulphur content
~ Finesse
~ A splash of Blanc Vrai

Vinification of the Blanc de Blancs
~ Only the juices from first pressing are used
~ Dosage: 8 g/l
~ Use of gravity to avoid oxidation
~ Minimal use of sulphur
~ 100% of the wines are made in vats in order to preserve freshness.
~ After bottling, the cuvée is aged for 2 to 3 years sur lattes (on laths).
~ No filtering

GRAPE VARIETY: 95% Chardonnay, 5% Blanc Vrai

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. At the table it goes superbly with white meats, chilled smoked salmon with citrus fruits, tagliatelle with scallops. Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: The nose brings to mind white peach and pear but also more floral notes such as peony. On the palate a mineral Champagne, lightly biscuity, creamy, supple, seductive.

Wine Spectator - 92 Points

Beautifully aromatic, with abundant ground spice, graphite and toasted coconut notes, this mouthwatering Champagne features a satiny mousse and a rich profile of dried papaya, glazed nectarine, grated ginger and chopped almond, all set on an elegant frame. Drink now through 2021. 100 cases imported. –AN - Oct 31, 2016

 

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Champagne Drappier Quattuor

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Champagne Drappier Quattuor

Champagne Drappier Quattuor

Quattuor in a nutshell…
~ White wines from 4 white grape varieties
~ Very low sulphur content
~ Very rare Arbanne
~ Non-filtered

Vinification of the Blanc de Blancs
~ Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used
~ Mechanical low-pressure presses
~ Use of gravity to avoid pumping when transferring wines from vats, thus avoiding oxidisation
~ Minimal use of sulphur
~ Natural settling
~ Alcoholic fermentation for roughly 2 weeks at low temperature
~ Then total and natural malolactic fermentation
~ No filtering
~ Assemblage - 100% of the wines are made in vats in order to preserve as much freshness as possible
~ After bottling, the cuvée is aged for at least 3 years sur lattes (on laths).
~ Dosage: 4.2 g/l

GRAPE VARIETY: 25% Arbanne, 25% Petit Meslier, 25% Blanc Vrai, 25% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. Perfect with tartelette printanier (tartlet with young spring vergetables), seafood blanquette, veal carpaccio with white truffles.

Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: Aromas of very fresh grapes and citrus fruits evolving towards notes of honeyed apples and fig jam, borne by a bouquet of white flowers. On the palate, a Champagne with great freshness, mineral and chiselled, and a very persistent finish.

Wine Enthusiast - 92 Points

Drappier has created a blend that recognizes that there are more than three grapes in Champagne. Here the rare Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Blanc Vrai are blended with the more usual Chardonnay to give a wine that is rich, full of yellow fruits, along with mineral acidity and a ripe aromatic character. The wine is ready to drink. - Dec 1, 2016

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Champagne Drappier Grande Sendrée

Champagne Drappier Grande Sendrée

Champagne Drappier Grande Sendrée

Grande Sendrée in a nutshell…
~ Sourced from a single location
~ Elegance
~ “Crayot” soil
~ Very low sulphur content
~ Liqueur de dosage aged in wood
~ Non-filtered

Vinification of the Grande Sendrée cuvée
~ Only the juices from first pressing are used
~ Mechanical low-pressure presses
~ Use of gravity to avoid oxidation
~ Natural settling
~ Minimal use of sulphur
~ Alcoholic fermentation - 2 weeks at low temp.
~ Natural ML
~ No filtering
~ Assemblage – 32% of the wines are matured in oak barrels for 9 months
~ After bottling, the cuvée is aged for more than 6 years sur lattes.
~ Dosage: 5 g/l

GRAPE VARIETY: 55 % Pinot Noir, 45 % Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. Superb accompaniment for broth of crayfish with grapefruit, carpaccio Saint Jacques, poultry from Bresse with truffles à la crème. Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: Golden in colour with amber nuances. The Grande Sendrée reveals subtle aromas of dried fruits, some touches of toast and wax, the whole unfolding into fruity notes of citrus fruits, fruits with white flesh, stoned fruits… The palate accentuates the vinosity, the depth and the structure.

Wine Enthusiast - 94 Points
Cellar Selection

2008 - This ripe wine offers great balance between the rich, structured Pinot Noir and the mineral Chardonnay. From a very fine vintage, it reveals intense flavors, layers of ripe apple and a taut texture that promises further aging. The wine can be drunk now, but it will be so much better from 2018. - Dec 1, 2016

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Champagne Drappier Brut Rosé

Champagne Drappier Brut Rosé

Brut Rosé in a nutshell…
~ Red fruits
~ Finesse and depth of the Pinot Noir
~ Freshness
~ Non-filtered

Vinification of the Brut Rosé cuvée
~ Rosé made using the saignée method with maceration in vats lasting 3 days
~ Use of gravity to avoid oxidization
~ Then total and natural malolactic fermentation
~ No filtering
~ Minimal use of sulphur
~ Dosage: 7.5 g/l
~ Assemblage – 100% of the wines are made in vats in order to preserve as much freshness as possible
~ After bottling the cuvée is aged for 2 to 3 years sur lattes (on laths)

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. Perfect with antipasti, salmon en papillotte, grilled pink lamb, strawberry salad. Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: Very well structured, with exemplary purity of red fruits. A striking Champagne on the nose offering similar sensations on the palate. Warm and satiny, lightly spiced with balanced hints of stoned fruits thanks to a lovely freshness in the finish.

John Gilman - 90+ Points

As I noted in the past, the Drappier Brut Rosé is one hundred percent pinot noir from the estate’s own Aube vineyards and is produced by the saignée method, so that its lovely cherry color is from skin contact, rather than by adding a bit of still red wine to the blend. The cuvée is aged two and a half years sur latte prior to disgorgement and has a dosage of 7.5 grams per liter. The current release in the market is really pretty and stylish on the nose, offering up a vibrantly complex mix of strawberries, a touch of blood orange, chalky soil tones, rye toast, woodsmoke and a hint of clove in the upper register. On the palate the wine is brisk, full-bodied and focused, with a good core, frothy mousse, lovely minerality and a long, nascently complex and still quite tightly-knit and youthful finish. I was surprised how youthful the structure still was here, given how open the nose is at the present time, but it is certainly approachable today and should really blossom with a year or two in the cellar. 2017-2027. 90+.

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Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Rosé

Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Rosé

Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Rosé

Brut Nature Rosé in a nutshell…
~ Rosé made using the saignée method
~ Zero dosage
~ Natural
~ Very low sulphur content
~ Aromas of red fruits, mandarin orange and white pepper
Pinot Noir

Vinification of the Brut Nature Rosé cuvée
~ Rosé made using the saignée method with maceration in vats lasting 3 days
~ Only the juices from first pressing are used
~ Minimal use of sulphur
~ No filtering
~ Use of gravity to avoid oxidation
~ Then total and natural malolactic fermentation
~ Zero dosage
~ 100% of the wines are made in vats to preserve freshness
~ After bottling the cuvée is aged for 2 to 3 years sur lattes (on laths)

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. Goes perfectly with salmon carpaccio or scallops, sushi, grilled meats. Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: On the nose, very evocative of strawberry and raspberry with a floral note of rose petals. The palate recalls red fruits and is augmented by hints of citrus fruit, mandarin orange and a small, very refined touch of white pepper.

Wine Spectator - 91 Points

Harmonious, reining in the racy acidity while the lacy mousse carries expressive flavors of strawberry pâte de fruit, toast and candied ginger. Rich hints of salted almond show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 100 cases imported. –AN - Oct 31, 2016

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Champagne Drappier Grande Sendrée Rosé

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Champagne Drappier
Grande Sendrée Rosé

Grande Sendree Rosé in a nutshell…
~ Sourced from a single location
~ Elegance
~ Pinot Noir
~ “Crayot” soil
~ Rosé made using the saignée method with addition of Chardonnay
~ Liqueur de dosage aged in wood
~ Non-filtered

Vinification of the Brut Rosé cuvée
~ Rosé made by means of the saignée method with maceration lasting 3 days
~ Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used
~ Mechanical low-pressure presses
~ Use of gravity to avoid pumping, thus avoiding oxidisation
~ Minimal use of sulphur
~ Natural settling
~ Alcoholic fermentation for roughly 2 weeks at low temperature
~ Then total and natural malolactic fermentation
~ No filtering
~ Assemblage – 35% of the wines are matured in oak barrels from the Tronçais forest for 9 months
~ After bottling, the cuvée is aged for more than 6 years sur lattes (on laths).
~ Dosage: 6 g/l

GRAPE VARIETY: 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay

FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal as an aperitif. To go with a saffron cream of mussels soup, a crayfish salad or a monkfish blancmange.  Serve at: 45°F.

TASTING NOTES: Complex nose opening onto notes of strawberry, raspberry and violets with toasted nuances. Round, supple, with a rather lively spinal column tightening the entity, the palate recalls red fruits; it is fresh and complex at the same time. A rich Champagne with great persistence.

Wine Enthusiast - 94 Points

2008 - This is a beautiful wine with its pink-orange color. The taste lives up to its appearance. A mature wine from a great vintage, it’s rich with spice and nuts along with tight acidity. From fruit grown in the southern Champagne region of the Aube, the wine is completely ready to drink

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Champagne Drappier and its organic estate < - click for more

Is Champagne Drappier organic? Yes, part of it!

AB215 hectares are accredited organic since the harvest 2014. Michel Drappier and his team have been cultivating the estate sustainably for years, and worked on the accreditation for 7 years.

It is one of the largest accredited organic estates in Champagne. Starting from the end of 2006, it will show the “AB logo" (Agriculture biologique) on

  • Brut Nature
  • Brut Nature Sans Soufre
  • Brut Nature Rose
  • Quattuor
  • Grande Sendree

It means that all the grapes sourced for these cuvees are estate. It is like having a grower Champagne!

What about the rest? It is farmed with sustainable methods.

The rest of the estate, composed of 42 hectares, is cultivated with sustainable methods: no preventive treatments, soil management (grass, compost), use of horses for plowing. In winemaking, our philosophy translates into the lowest intervention possible (low temperature fermentation, indigeneous yeast…)

Organic wines and non-sulfite wines are two separate things. However, Champagne  Drappier is also known for having very low levels of SO2, which guarantees the quality of the grapes.

Champagne Drappier to achieve a zero carbon footprint

DRAPPIER Brut Nature Sans SOUFREAs of January 2016, Champagne Drappier is the first Champagne House in the World to have reduced their carbon emissions to a net zero carbon footprint.

For the past ten years, Drappier has been dedicated to sourcing sustainable energies. To date, 45% of the electricity used by the House is produced by solar panels and, by 2017, that number will increase to 75%. Plans to aggressively reduce fuel consumption to a minimum over the next 5 years have begun. Cellars avoid air conditioning by utilizing a free cooling system, while isolated air conditioning is strategically used throughout the property.

Champagne Drappier has also started to reduce its carbon footprint by contracting a wind
turbine company in India to continue Michel Drappier's vision for his Champagne house.

“Investing in a sustainable project in India is our way of expressing gratitude to this small, but dynamic, market for Champagne” says Michel Drappier, winemaker and CEO of Champagne Drappier. Following the organic accreditation of a large proportion of its vineyards in 2014, Champagne Drappier carbon neutrality confirms their commitment to embrace environmentally friendly practices.

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