Every Friday The no1 Champagne expert in the world will taste new & old Champagne s to give You a tip or two for the weekend. On a fresh March morning Richard Juhlin & Björnstierne Antonsson met with Charline Drappier of Champagne Drappier.
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PRODUCER PROIFILE – DRAPPIER
Drappier extracts a surprisingly low yield from their forty hectares in Aube and seventeen in Marne. The firm cold-ferments the must in order to avoid secondary aromas from the fermentation process. They also add small amounts of sulfur to keep the wine as natural as possible. In 1991 Drappier bought a cellar in Reims where their vintage and prestige cuvées are now stored. This investment might seem a little strange when they already have fantastic cellars from the 1100s, built by the Cistercians of Clairvaux Abbey. But the cellars in Urville are actually too warm.
A specialty of Drappier’s is the giant primat bottle (36 liters). Another specialty is the storage of old reserve wines with super dosage in big glass demijohns. Drappier’s wines are very rich and well made. We can expect more positive surprises from Drappier with the experimental and knowledgeable Michel at the helm. Grande Sandrée is constantly the most exiting wine from Aube. Since 1995 Michel is making some of the world´s most expensive Magnums under the name of Boërl & Kroff from the three best parcels in Urville.