Drappier - Carte d'Or
Carte d'Or from Drappier is made from 75% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier. Only the first press juices are used after pressure with low pressure mechanical presses. Then a natural clarification before the fermentation (débourbage). The alcoholic fermentation takes about 2 weeks time at low temperatures and is followed up by a natural and complete malolactic fermentation. No filtration and minimal use of sulfur. 5% of the wines are stored for 1 year to enrich the final cuvée. Dosage: 7 g / L.
- Country : France
- Region : Champagne
- Grape variety : Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot meunier
- Classification : AOP Champagne
- Awards : 88/100 The wine advocate
- Color : Sparkling
- Alcohol degree : 12 %
- Storage potential : A couple of 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 shades. Intensive bubbles. The nose is intense, mainly with elements of white peach. The palate is round and "winy", complex with some spicy elements. A final that is characterized by the typical quail gelé. Perfect as an aperitif, white meats, fish dishes and not too strong cheeses.