Drappier "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne

SKU #1195920 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)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has aromas of pear tart, pie crust, praline and apricot. Bright, with a creamy mousse and attractive biscuity and nutty layers. Inner quote mark (6/2022)

91 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Disgorged in April 2021, Drappier's new NV Brut Carte d'Or delivers attractive aromas of golden orchard fruit, stone fruit, honeycomb and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, it's charming and elegantly vinous, with a flavorful core of fruit, lively acids and a chalky finish. (WK) Inner quote mark (9/2021)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Racy acidity enlivens this crisp and lacy Champagne. Well-knit, with the delicate mix of ripe white cherry, blanched almond, yellow plum and grated ginger flavors. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2021)

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 the more than 130 acres of estate vines. 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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