Champagne Drappier 1er Cru Brut Nv

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CDCHNVNV16 UCNZ
  • One of the finest Grower Champagnes on the market, crafting luxury Champagne for more than two centuries.
  • 100% family owned, artisanal bubbles, established in 1808.
  • Low in sulfites & vegan friendly, sourced only from Premier & Grand Cru vineyards.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $64.99
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  • Sam Kim
    5 points
  • Guide Bettane e
    4 points
  • Cameron Douglas
    94 points

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One of the finest Grower Champagnes on the market, crafting luxury Champagne for more than two centuries. 100% family owned, artisanal bubbles, established in 1808. Low in sulphites & vegan friendly, sourced only from Premier & Grand Cru vineyards. Firm, intense flavours of biscotti, green apple, pear & hazelnut. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, only from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, this is exceptional quality Champagne for an unbelievable price!

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Creamy
    • Lemon
    • Mineral
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Cream
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Sam Kim

    5
    "It is gloriously expressed on the nose showing baked apple, golden peach, brioche, lemon peel and rich yeasty characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and concentration, wonderfully complemented by creamy mouthfeel and bright acidity. Opulent, multi-layered and sophisticated."
  • Guide Bettane et Desseauve

    4
    ""It is with great contentment that we have heard of their 4th star awarded to our House, placing us amongst other very prestigious names in Champagne: Agrapart, Billecart-Salmon, Bruno Paillard, Charles Heidsieck, De Sousa, Deutz, Gosset, Philipponat." - Champagne Drappier"
  • Cameron Douglas MS

    94
    "Instantly recognisable bouquet of fresh white fleshed fruits with apple and pear then layers of autolysis suggesting freshly baked goods, butter brioche and a whisper of spice. Fresh and enticing mousse with a coarse silk texture and high acidity carrying flavours of apple and citrus, white strawberry and some peach. Taut and youthful, salivating and a saline, balanced, new and well made."

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Champagne

Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.
A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.

About the brand Champagne Drappier

Based in the Urville region of Champagne, Drappier is something of a cult classic producer. Although you may not have never heard of the tightknit family winery, they're favourites to many - including, famously, the late, great Charles de Gaulle, who moved as close as he could to the winery in his retirement. Though Drappier was founded in 1808, the vines were planted and the cellars were built around Clairvaux Abbey by Saint Bernard and the Cistercian monks during the 12th Century. These cellars, some of the few that survived two World Wars, are among the oldest and most extensive in Europe today. Today, Drappier is one of the finest boutique producers in the world. Famous for making high quality wines with limited intervention and minimal sulphur, their small yields of fruit promise a premium expression of some prime Champagne real estate.

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