Wine Region: Champagne, France

Grape: Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

Vermilion gold in color. Nose of freshly pressed black grapes, of red, white and citrus fruits.
Ample palate with flesh of vineyard peach and bouquet of aromatic herbs. Small spicy notes in the finish. A fine, tightly knit Champagne of great purity.


Wine Spectator 92 pts - Firm acidity frames this dry version, yet it's finely integrated with a subtle range of yellow plum, apricot, biscuit, fleur de sel and crushed almond flavors, providing definition without hard angles. Ends with a lacy finish. Drink now through 2020.

Wine Enthusiast 91 pts - This dry Champagne forms a good contrast with the Brut Nature Rosé from the same producer. There is more weight to this wine, more richness and, in the case of this bottling, more bottle age. With its flavors of white fruit and toast, this wine is very ready to drink, with a rich aftertaste.

James Suckling 90 pts - A Blanc de Noir with zero dosage. The nose has a bold array of cherries, cassis and blueberry fruit aromas, very fresh and direct. The palate's assertive and deep from the get-go, pushes horizontal; phenolics are a feature and the dry style works well here.

About the Winery

Formerly occupied by the Cistercian monks of Clairvaux, the seat of the house includes wonderful vaulted cellars of the twelfth century. Going back to a closer past, the genealogical tree of the Drappier Family nevertheless takes its roots in the 17th century, the birth of Rémy Drappier in 1604 who becomes like Nicolas Ruinart, cloth merchant in Reims. His grandson, Nicolas (1669-1724) is prosecutor of Louis XIV. It was not until 1808 that one of the ancestors of the house, François, moved to Urville and began to exploit a vineyard that now extends over 55 ha, not counting the contracts-associations in the Côte des Bar , the mountain of Reims and the Côte des Blancs.

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