2008 Drappier "Grande Sendrée" Brut Champagne

SKU #1281762 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a single parcel in Urville, the 2008 Brut Grande Sendrée is exceptional, opening in the glass with incipiently rich aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, brioche, marzipan and wheat toast that seems to be on the cusp of acquiring more nutty complexity. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and tight-knit, with superb concentration and structural tension, built around racy acids and concluding with an attractively chalky finish. In keeping with the vintage, this is quite a tensile, reserved Grande Sendrée, but its potential is considerable. Readers should plan on forgetting the 2008 for another four or five years if they wish to catch it at the beginning of its plenitude. It's a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, one-third of which was fermented in barrel; it was disgorged after seven years sur lattes with five grams per liter dosage. 94+  (4/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This ripe wine offers great balance between the rich, structured Pinot Noir and the mineral Chardonnay. From a very fine vintage, it reveals intense flavors, layers of ripe apple and a taut texture that promises further aging. The wine can be drunk now, but it will be so much better from 2018. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Very minerally on the nose, with brine and smoke accents leading to flavors of cassis, mandarin orange peel and dried white cherry on the buoyant, creamy mousse. Bright and harmonious, with a rich, lasting finish of toast, chopped hazelnut and spice. (AN)  (12/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 This has a vibrant and fresh feel with a lively, strawberry nose and a pastry-like edge. The palate is very supple and succulent with fresh, sweet peaches and citrus fruit. Very fleshy and lively attitude. Gentle cashew to close.  (7/2019)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pungent nose consists of notes of petrol, yeast, citrus confit and various white orchard fruit aromas. There is a lovely sense of energy to the well-detailed and decidedly crisp flavors that are supported by a vigorous and moderately fine mousse, all wrapped in a solidly persistent if not particularly complex finale. To be fair, this is still very young and more depth will undoubtedly develop but even so, I would buy this only if you intend to cellar it for at least 3 to 5 years.  (6/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Single vineyard wine. Masses of autolysis on the nose. Really almost Marmite nose it's so yeasty! And then marked precision and acidity with chalky freshness on the finish. Not that much undertow but very distinctive and carefully made. Very lively. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (11/2018)

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