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Drappier "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne

SKU #1195920 92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This bright and zesty Champagne is lightly juicy and appealing, offering flavors of Honeycrisp apple, ripe white cherry, biscuit and pickled ginger. Balanced and lacy in texture, with a lingering, spiced finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Pretty notes of toasted bread, yeast, orange peel and white peach introduce rich, full-bodied and borderline creamy flavors that are shaped by a relatively soft effervescence before terminating in an agreeably dry, clean and focused finale. This is drier than the 7 g/l would usually suggest but I underscore that it stops short of austerity. Lovely stuff fashioned in a 'drink me now' style. Inner quote mark (6/2017)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Described by Drappier as 'almost a blanc de noirs', this Pinot Noir-dominant wine sourced from the Côte des Bar is the house's calling card. 5% of the cuvée is matured in barrels for a year for added complexity and texture, and it's bottled unfiltered with a fairly low dosage of 7g/l. There are some melon and apple scents on the nose along with a splash of red fruits, while the palate is intense, with notes of apple, quince and grape wrapped in a red-fruit veil. It's full-bodied and long, with a lovely texture from the red wine tannins and oak-matured portion. (JB) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The latest release of the NV Carte d'Or Brut was disgorged in November 2017, and it's showing well today, wafting from the glass with notions of waxy lemon rind, hazelnuts, fresh peaches and lily pollen. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, pure and vibrant, with pinpoint bubbles, brisk acids and good length and definition on the chalky finish. Attractively balanced, it will gain depth with bottle age. (WK) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tight, fresh and Chablis-esque dusty/mineral quality on the nose plus a slight yeasty note. There is that yeasty aroma but it is less broad than in the wine aged in the Drappier cellars. This is still creamy but it is a touch herbal and more citrus. Slightly smoky. Acidity seems higher than the cellar-aged wine, perhaps because the fruit seems less rich and full. Tight, precise and elegant. 17.5/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The standard nonvintage cuvée from this producer is satisfyingly mature. While it has a crisp side, the blend of mainly Pinot Noir is fruity, with bright apple flavors and a touch of toastiness. It is ready to drink. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

K&L Notes

Champagne Drappier is THE high-quality négociant in the Aube! Drappier was founded in 1808 in Urville and this house 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 négociant. Like Billecart-Salmon, they pride themselves on low-temperature fermentation. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2021 | Send Email
I recently got to revisit this lovely Champagne, and I'm sorry to say it had been a couple of years since I tasted it last. It is more stunning than I remember. A champagne on the richer side, with great depth of nutty, lees-y character, complementing the fresh red berry fruit and bright crisp acidity. If you are a fan of classic, balanced brut Champagne that tends towards the nuttier, richer style, this is the wine for you.

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2021 | Send Email
Drappier's Carte d'Or is a Champagne for any occasion. Pinot Noir makes up a majority of the blend which lends a lovely red fruit character on the palate. Stone fruit and brioche notes are also expressed with minerality throughout. It's beautifully balanced and makes a great aperitif. It's a bargain for the quality and not to be missed!

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2021 | Send Email
Dry, mineral driven Champagne with lovely fresh brioche aromas and flavors along with bright citrus notes and hint of meadow flowers. It lingers on the palate with crunchy acidity and touch of red apple flavor. Delicious Champagne that can be enjoyed every day at this price!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2016 | Send Email
The best non-vintage of our whole Champagne summit was the Drappier "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne. That is saying a lot, since we tasted so many greats! This combination of 75% Pinot Noir, 15% Meunier and 10% Chardonnay is made with the lowest sulfur counts of any grand marque Champagne. The fruit for this is all from the Aube and Kimmeridgian clay rather than the chalk of the Marne. It is also mostly estate grown. This gives Champagne not only with the lovely red fruit expression one would expect from so much Pinot, but also layers of nearly Chablis like minerality. If you like dry, yet full flavored Champagne, you it to yourself to try the Drappier!

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Here's an incredibly well developed NV from Drappier. Slightly nutty signs of older champagne, with yeast brioche and heady dark fruit. Rich and full in the palate, with the dark cherry coming forward and a taught lifted finish. Superb.

By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
A rich, toasty Champagne heavy with stone fruit and lively, tight bubbles. The 80% Pinot Noir shows itself with lively hints of red fruit and spice. Very well balanced with a creamy mid-palate and great length. One heck of a treat for $39.99.

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