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Drappier Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1195922 92 points Wine Spectator

 A graceful rosé that's lacy and airy in texture, with finely knit acidity enlivening the flavors of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit and lemon chiffon, accented by hints of smoke and spice. (AN)  (11/2017)

90 points John Gilman

 As I noted in the past, the Drappier Brut Rosé is one hundred percent pinot noir from the estate’s own Aube vineyards and is produced by the saignée method, so that its lovely cherry color is from skin contact, rather than by adding a bit of still red wine to the blend. The cuvée is aged two and a half years sur latte prior to disgorgement and has a dosage of 7.5 grams per liter. The current release in the market is really pretty and stylish on the nose, offering up a vibrantly complex mix of strawberries, a touch of blood orange, chalky soil tones, rye toast, woodsmoke and a hint of clove in the upper register. On the palate the wine is brisk, full-bodied and focused, with a good core, frothy mousse, lovely minerality and a long, nascently complex and still quite tightly-knit and youthful finish. I was surprised how youthful the structure still was here, given how open the nose is at the present time, but it is certainly approachable today and should really blossom with a year or two in the cellar. 90+  (5/2016)

90 points James Suckling

 Lightly spiced cherries and strawberries. A bold and expressive take on the rosé genre, this delivers an instantly appealing, drink now style. Good acid balance.  (10/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Disgorged in July 2018, the latest release of the NV Brut Rosé de Saignée is showing well, exhibiting aromas of red apples, white flowers, citrus oil and redcurrant. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and incisive, with a generous core of fruit, racy acids and chalky grip on the finish. (WK)  (4/2020)

K&L Notes

Champagne Drappier is THE high quality négociant in the Aube, but has struggled to find good representation in the United States. 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, but the variety is by far the most planted grape in the region today. A little more than half of the production comes from more than 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: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2015 | Send Email
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This absolutely 100% tasty Brut Rose is 100% pinot noir. It is dosed at a low 7 grams per liter dosage with 2-3 years on the lees. It has ripe strawberry fruit with hints of tart cranberries and red fruits. Lush, yet dry and extremely delicious!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
This all Pinot Noir Champagne is made with a three day long maceration, rather than more common method of adding red wine for color and flavor. It is vinified in only stainless steel vats and moved by gravity to avoid oxygen and preserve freshness, and dosed at a fairly low 7g/l. This Champagne has a wild nose with plenty of black cherry Pinot authority and savor. In the mouth it is spicy, extroverted and fresh.

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