Drappier "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Firm and chalky, this lively Champagne layers black currant, biscuit, lemon zest and grated ginger notes on an open-knit, fresh frame. (Web Only—2015)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Brut Carte d’Or, 80% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, and 5% Meunier, is a delicious entry-level wine with excellent depth and definition. The broad shoulders of the Pinot come through in the wine’s rich, expansive core of red fruits and long, creamy finish. (AG)
Light yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of orange pith, dried apple and toasty lees, with a hint of chamomile in the background. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering bitter pear skin and quinine flavors and a touch of blood orange. Finishes with good grip and cut, leaving a subtle smoky note behind. (JR)
With some good maturity, this is a rich, fruity Champagne. It comes from the southern Aube region, which endows a more tropical feel, bringing out melon and apricot fruit flavors as well as crisper citrus. A great apéritif style, it will also go with food.
Champagne Drappier is THE high-quality negociant in the Aube, but has struggled to find good representation in the USA. Drappier was founded in 1808 in Urville, in the center of the Aube department. It was Drappier that brought Pinot Noir to the Aube in the 1930s, a move that was mocked at the time--now it is by far the most planted grape in the region. A little more than half of the production comes from their 130+ acres of estate vineyard. The other part comes from long-term contracts. The wines go through malolactic, with very little sulfur--they claim to have the lowest sulfur counts of any major negociant. Like Billecart-Salmon, they pride themselves on low-temperature fermentation. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)