Drappier "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne SKU #1195920

$39.99

WS 91 WE 90
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K&L Notes

Champagne Drappier is THE high-quality negociant in the Aube, but has struggled to find good representation in the USA. Drappier was founded in 1808 in Urville, in the center of the Aube department. It was Drappier that brought Pinot Noir to the Aube in the 1930s, a move that was mocked at the time--now it is by far the most planted grape in the region. A little more than half of the production comes from their 130+ acres of estate vineyard. The other part comes from long-term contracts. The wines go through malolactic, with very little sulfur--they claim to have the lowest sulfur counts of any major negociant. Like Billecart-Salmon, they pride themselves on low-temperature fermentation. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    9/15/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    The best non-vintage of our whole Champagne summit was the Drappier "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne. That is saying a lot, since we tasted so many greats! This combination of 75% Pinot Noir, 15% Meunier and 10% Chardonnay is made with the lowest sulfur counts of any grand marque Champagne. The fruit for this is all from the Aube and Kimmeridgian clay rather than the chalk of the Marne. It is also mostly estate grown. This gives Champagne not only with the lovely red fruit expression one would expect from so much Pinot, but also layers of nearly Chablis like minerality. If you like dry, yet full flavored Champagne, you it to yourself to try the Drappier!
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    9/1/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Here's an incredibly well developed NV from Drappier. Slightly nutty signs of older champagne, with yeast brioche and heady dark fruit. Rich and full in the palate, with the dark cherry coming forward and a taught lifted finish. Superb.
  • Michael Jordan
    By: Michael Jordan
    4/15/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    A rich, toasty Champagne heavy with stone fruit and lively, tight bubbles. The 80% Pinot Noir shows itself with lively hints of red fruit and spice. Very well balanced with a creamy mid-palate and great length. One heck of a treat for $39.99.

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