Drappier - Cuvée Charles de Gaulle
Charles-de-Gaulle from Drappier is made from 80% Pinot noir and 20% Chardonnay. This cuvée is said to be the one most appreciated by Charles-de-Gaulle when he was relaxing at home in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, located just a few miles from Drappier's Urville. Only the first press juices are kept after the low-pressure mechanical presses. Natural clarification before fermentation (débourbage). The alcoholic fermentation takes about 2 weeks at low temperature
and is followed by a natural and complete malolactic fermentation. No filtration. All cuvées are stored on steel tanks to preserve a fresh style. The finalized wine is stored for 3 years before sale. Dosage: 7.5 g / L
- Country : France
- Region : Champagne
- Grape variety : Pinot noir, Chardonnay
- Classification : AOP Champagne
- Color : Sparkling
- Alcohol degree : 12 %
- Storage potential : 4-5 years
- Volume : 75 cl
Presentation of the vineyard
Drappier has its seat in the former Cistercian monastery of Clairvaux with vaulted cellars from the 1100s. Rémy Drappier was born in 1604 and becomes like Nicolas Ruinart clothier in Reims. His grandson, Nicolas (1669-1724) was prosecutor during Louis XIV and it was not until 1808 that François moved to Urville and started utilizing a vineyard which today comprises 55 hectares of land, as well as a dozen contracting associations in the Côte des Bar, Montagne de Reims and in the Côte des Blancs. In the early 1930's, Georges Collot, who was also grandfather to Michel, the current head of the wine house, decided to grow Pinot Noir on the property. His decision made a lot of fun and he got the nickname "Father Pinot". Today, the Pinot Noir plantation represents 70-75% of the vineyard. A lot of myth spun has been said about Drappier's wines. Not least the Carte d'Or from 1952 with its yellow, easily recognizable color on the label that represents the cuvée's aromas of quail gelé.
But it was another Pinot Noir Champagne which appealed to the General de Gaulle in 1965, which also gave the name to the current cuvée Charles de Gaulle. Since 1979, Michel Drappier manages the wine production, while André, with experience from 60 grape harvests, manages the vineyard, which today covers 53 hectares and 40 ha in association. Michel's children Charline, Hugo and Antoine take over more and more today and represent the 8th generation Drappier.
A light straw yellow color with silvery hues. Intense bubbles. A very elegant nose of citrus, apple, almond and nutmeg. The palate is complex, with a creamy almost floating mousse with aromatic hints of candied fruit. Perfect as an aperitif, paired with a filled pheasant, with a Ceasar salad or with a brie cheese