2012 Drappier, Grande Sendrée Prestige Cuvée

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  • Type: Sparkling White
  • Grape: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Blanc Vrai
  • Style: Mellow and Flamboyant
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Country: France
  • Region: Champagne
  • Subregion: Cote des Bar
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A champion of expressive Champagne and sustainability, Drappier’s roots also run deep in history, as their “pride and joy” cellars date to the 12th Century, where it was used by Cistercian monks. Based in the Pinot Noir central, Cote des Bar, they naturally focus on the red grape, which now “runs in their veins” with vineyards planted over 2,000 years ago by Gallo-Romans. With the same lime soil composition, identical to that found in Chablis Grand Cru vineyards, Drappier’s bedrock of quality lies on its exceptional terroir. They have embraced a completely sustainable way of wine growing and making by using no herbicides or insecticides and working the soil manually with horses, all to help express their impeccable terroir without masking. None of their wines is filtered or fined using any animal products. They take a further step and use some of the smallest amounts of sulphur in Champagne because the expression is paramount in their philosophy…


Exclusive to Drappier, the parcel of Grande Sendrée can trace its history back to the 12th century, from the times of Clairvaux monks, as they classified it as a premium vineyard for grape growing. When the devastating fires of 1836 ravaged the area, Grande Sendrée was damaged alongside, but when the very fires turned into a blessing with the fertile ash enriching the soil complexity. Hence the parcel was named ‘The Cinders’ but somewhere along the way the ‘C’ became an ’S’ and earned its name today.

Despite being a well-known Pinot Noir region, the vineyard also has Chardonnay at the most suitable edges of the vineyard, which adds brilliant clarity and complexity to the final wine. Only the precious first pressing of the juice is used with no filtration and the minimal addition of sulphites. Before the second fermentation, the wine is matured in French oak casks for 6 to 12 months, later followed by 6 to 8 years of ageing on the lees.

An impeccable prestige cuvée, the intense ripe fruits of quince, cooked pear, preserved lemon, candied mango and pineapple are dazzling under the blanket of toasty brioche goodness. The palate is velvety with the mousse in balance and not aggressive. This is a fine wine before being Champagne. The flavours linger on, along with the sliced toast notes for minutes…


Pair with smoked fish, either cold or warm cooked in a casserole, or stronger flavours such as Beluga caviar, premium Spanish anchovies or duck leg confit.


Although not fully certified yet, Clarevallis is made only from the certified organic vineyards of Drappier. And they go even further with extremely low sulphur addiditons!


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