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…TASTING NOTES
Aromatics and weight are what’s striking at first, with notes of peach, apricot, golden apple and a spicy undertone. Finishing with quince jelly spread over toasted brioche, it shows that it’s in a truly different league for an NV Brut Champagne.FOOD PAIRING
Great for pates of all sorts including salmon and duck as well as stronger cheeses like Chaource. Can also comfortably pair with heavier chicken and game dishes with its flavour intensity.FRIARWOOD SAYS
Although not fully certified yet, in practice Drappier wines are all made organically and go even beyond with extremely low sulphur contents!