Drappier, Millesime Exception 750ml 2013France, Champagne
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.
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
'A very complex, rich nose revealing hints of white fruits, almond and fresh ginger. In the mouth it is lightly creamy with good tightness and a suggestion of brioche. A floral touch testifies to the high proportion of Chardonnay while the depth of the Pinot Noir is expressed in the form of red fruits and appealing bitter notes'. – Wine maker
The idea of the Millésime Exception is to put the seasons of one year into the glass. Behind the wine there is in this cuvée the climate of a remarkable, exceptional year. The terroir steps sideways, precedence given to the four seasons.
Limestone and Jurassique Kimmeridgien. A sustainable and organic ethos. Mechanical low-pressure presses. Only first press with the use of gravity. Natural settling using malolactic fermentation and no filtering, resulting in no discoloration. 50% of the wines are matured in barrels resulting in very low sulphites.
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