Drappier "Charles de Gaulle" Brut Champagne

SKU #1195923 91 points Vinous

 Light yellow-gold. Potent, mineral-tinged Meyer lemon, pear and buttered toast aromas show very good clarity and a hint of anise. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and blood orange flavors that deepen and expand with air. Rich yet lithe Champagne with strong finishing cut, lift and stony persistence. (JR)  (1/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A fresh and expressive Champagne, featuring lively green apple, cherry, tea rose and toast notes. Well-balanced, with hints of chalk and spice lingering on the finish. (AN)  (12/2018)

90 points James Suckling

 A bold lemon and peach-fuelled nose that delivers a bright and simple fruit-filled impression. The palate follows suit in a straightforward, crunchy style. Sweet fruit finish.  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

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 1930's, 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 is comes from their over 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.

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
The Charles de Gaulle might be the best deal in top notch grand marque Champagne at K&L. It is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and is one of the most leesy, layered powerhouses in the building. If you like wines like the Bollinger vintage and the Pol Roger Winston Churchill, you should definitely try this Champagne. I found it to be very complex, with hazelnut, fine toast and Kimmeridgian minerality all in great balance. The texture and bead are as good as it gets. This is the first batch of this wine that is non-vintage, the last vintage dated Charles de Gaulle was the 2006. I am guessing that this is based on 2007 with reserves, but I don’t know for sure.

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