2006 Drappier "Grande Sendrée" Brut Champagne

SKU #1202786 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This vintage of Drappier’s top cuvée is showing signs of delicious maturity. With tropical fruits morphing into toast and ripe almonds, it’s a wine on the cusp of greatness. For now, there is still plenty of freshness there, tight acidity and the ripe character that’s typical of Champagnes from the Aube. (RV)  (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant version, with a smoky underpinning and finely knit flavors of black raspberry, candied kumquat, toasted almond and biscuit, layered with vivid acidity. Long and lacy on the lightly spiced finish. Disgorged February 2014. (AN)  (11/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid yellow. Potent citrus pith, poached pear and floral scents are underscored by a smoky mineral quality and pick up a buttery nuance with air. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering ripe orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a deeper suggestion of buttered toast. Shows very good energy and thrust on an extremely long finish of building florality and spiciness. (JR)  (12/2014)

90 points James Suckling

 The pithy lemon, grapefruit and grilled hazelnut here is handsomely savory, leading to a palate of crisp apple, pear and peach fruits. Finishes soft and easy.  (7/2015)

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
This is the hotness. Ultra powerful nose of quince preserve and freshly rolled butter. Powerful, textural, open, but with so many layers. Something to buy big on and appreciate how it develops over the coming years, knowing that you could pop every bottle at anytime and be absolutely satisfied with the result.

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
Drinking perfectly upon release, this blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay is the definition of expressive elegance in a glass. Gorgeous aromas, texture, and fruit, this is the belle of the ball. Absolute perfect amount of creaminess to acid ratio, this is bright and buttery at the same time.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
This vintage 2006 Drappier is drinking impeccably right now. Aromas of white flowers, powdered sugar, freshly baked croissants and rich Irish butter bubble up to your nose. The palate provides notes of fresh quince preserves and apricot with great weight and a long finish. While I LOVE drinking this now, I would be very interested in seeing how this bottle evolves with age!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2015 | Send Email
This was the star of the show at the Ordere Coteaux Champenois dinner at the Ritz! This is one of the most special single vineyard Champagnes that I have ever had, and shows the blending is not the only way to achieve balance... Sometimes it is just all there in the site, waiting to be coaxed out with great vineyard management and careful winemaking! This wine has both incredible nutella on brioche richness and scintillating chalky minerality. It also has a peacocks tail finish that goes on so long that I feel like I am still tasting it today... 12 hours later! If you want to treat yourself to one of the best bottles in the whole Champagne region, you have found a great example! This single vineyard Champagne comes from a plot called the Sendree, which was the site of a terrible fire in 1838. Sendree is a mispelling of the French word for cinders which ended up immortalized in the land registers of the village of Urville. It is composed of about half each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and sees 1/3 fermentation in large wood barrels. The site is slightly cooler than most of the Drappier estate in Urville, making this a great wine for ageing even in a ripe vintage like 2006.
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