The House of Drappier was established during Napoleonic times, though its Urville cellars date back to the 12th century.
Considered to be one of Champagne’s greatest boutique producers, Drappier’s vintage and prestige cuvées were famously collected by Charles de Gaulle – the French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during the Second World War. Drappier’s winemaking philosophy is one of minimum intervention and, since 2008, the house has been producing Champagne with very little addition of sugar and sulphur dioxide. The wines are typically fruity, lively and exuberant with a strong Pinot Noir influence. The Drappier vineyards extend over more than 75 hectares in the principal growing areas of Champagne. The prestige Grande Sendrée cuveés are based on fruit from a single vineyard in the Aube. 50% of the wines are matured in oak barrels for 1 year. After bottling, the cuvée is aged for at least 5 years sur lattes.
Dosage: 5.6 g/l, liqueurs aged in Limousin oak casks. Bright and juicy, with a lively bead and open-knit flavors of ripe Granny Smith apple, spiced plum, gingersnap and honey. Offers a crisp, moderate finish. Drink now through 2023. – Wine Advocate