Rich, savoury and intense.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of honey, acaia blossom, beeswax, brioche & dried fruits. The palate is rich and elegant with citrus, orange peel, stone fruits developing quince and a note of strawberry in the finish. A powerful with a long lasting finish.
The estate is Aube, in Southern Champagne, based at twelfth century cellars founded by Cistercian monks. The eighth generation of the Drappier family have managed the estate since 1808. They own 60 hectares, producing a third of their required production - buying the rest from growers in the appellation.
Drappier's focus is on sustainability and is Champagne’s first carbon-neutral producer, with an increasing number of its vineyards certified organic, currently 15 ha are certified organic. Extremely low levels of sulphur are used, and there is even a no-added-sulphur cuve made; the liqueur expedition is matured for over fifteen years in oak and demi-johns; and Drappier is the only house to ferment every format, from half-bottles up to the gigantic 30-litre Melchisedech, in the bottle in which it is sold.
This is a single-vineyard wine, taking its name from a parcel of land covered in cinders (cendree) after the fire which ravaged Urville in 1838. The soils are particularly light and chalky, and represent the pinnacle of Drappiers vineyard holdings. Viticulture is close to organic, with horse-drawn ploughing, cover crops and natural fertiliser used.
Only juice from the first pressing was used. Alcoholic fermentation took two weeks at a low temperature, followed by complete, natural malolactic fermentation. A third of the wine was matured in oak barrels for nine months, and the blend then bottled without filtration, before at least six years on lees before disgorgement. Minimal sulphur was used during the production.
Food Match : Excellent with Fish & Seafood, Chicken Tangy mature cheeses, Summer berry fruit puddings,
Grape : 55% Pinot Noir & 45% Chardonnay
Producer : Drappier
Country : Champagne, France