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Discover Benelux & France | Mini Theme | vinexpo: Fine Wines of France
Above Left to Right: Carte d'Or Champagne Brut Nature Without Sulfur Champagne Brut Nature Rosé Champagne Quatre Blancs
some of the ageing will take place in wooden casks made of the best wood in France,” he says. The task of selecting the grapes requires specific knowledge to retain the spirit of each parcel of land and capitalises on each grape’s characteristics. As for the amount of fizz, Drappier says: “We are fiercely opposed to excessive use of sulphur and use the weakest dose in our profession. This results in the Champagnes we produce have more natural colours with rich, coppery gold and more expansive aromas. This is our way to respect our customer as well as generating a fine, subtle effervescence.” While the vintage varieties age in the cool darkness of the Reims cellars, dug out of chalk in 1870, the large-sized bottles are prudently lined up in the twelfth century cellar. “As for the ‘liqueur d’expedition’, they are aged in oak casks, then in demijohns for a period of over ten years, in or-
der to gain concentration and refinement. The ‘dosage’ of this extraordinary liqueur accentuates the duration of taste in the mouth all without overburdening the palate. The Champagne obtained in this way is more complex and also purer,” says Drappier.
Innovation Centuries of tradition and medieval heritage hasn’t prevented the Drappier house to constantly look for ways to innovate and bring new tastes to the palates of their customers. Being the only producer offering champagne born out of four types of white grapes and proud creators of a 100 per cent Pinot Noir Rosé Nature Brut, the Drappier family hasn’t stopped to amaze its varied and international clientele. A couple of house classics include the Carte d’Or, a bottle that expresses all the aromas of the noble grape variety of Pinot
Noir. Another one would be the Charles de Gaulle, named after one of its most famous aficionados. Truly vintage, the Charles de Gaulle Cuvée is composed of 80 per cent Pinot Noir and 20 per cent Chardonnay. Not to mention the Grande Sendrée vintage, a complex rich blend of hints of citrus fruits, hazelnuts and almonds with the touch of vanilla coming to life with the Chardonnay and violet scent with the Pinot Noir.
A bright future ahead Always eager to be at the top of their art, the Drappier house is proud to be developing new tastes for every season and every occasion and remain a recognisable name in the competitive field of Champagne creation. “The aim is to keep evolving towards quality and variety,” Drappier concludes. www.champagne-drappier.com
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