CHAMPAGNE DRAPPIER GRAND SENDREE 2008

Wine Region: Champagne, France

Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

This Champagne is revealed in a charming pale yellow dress with topaz nuances. Time has brought its patina to reveal the complexity. Hawthorn mingles with acacia honey, beeswax and almond paste. At aeration this champagne resumes its murmurings, the quince paste responds to the raspberry jelly and exchange
with bergamot and lukewarm pastries. The mouth is tonic, present and teases the taste buds. The bubble is caressing and balances the jam
strawberry and ripe blood orange. This harmony is followed by a delicate minerality and lovely bitterns where tangerine notes are revealed.

Ratings

Wine Spectator 94 pts - 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. Disgorged May 2015. Drink now through 2028.

Wine Enthusiast 94 pts - 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.

James Suckling 93 pts - A step up on the previous release (2006), this has good punchy, assertive and focused style to it with ripe lemons and peach fruits, some blueberry pastry, plenty of autolysis and honey. The palate's smooth and dense, has impressive phenolic shape and drive, and balances neatly through the finish.

About the Winery

Although the vines in Urville were originally planted by the Romans 2000 years ago, it was Saint Bernard, founder of Clairvaux Abbey, who had our cellars built in 1152.
Seven centuries later, in 1808, around this magnificently preserved testimony to medieval times, where the exceptional cuvees slumber, the family domaine was created which today is headed by Michel Drappier. An area in which Pinot Noir thrives, a grape variety which “runs through our veins”, Urville lies where our vineyard was first planted and is now cultivated according to organic and natural principles.
Today, rather than sophisticated we prefer authenticity and a natural approach.
Thanks mainly to very low quantities of dosage and extremely limited use of sulphites, of which the Brut Nature Without Sulphur cuvee is the culmination, we are able to highlight the multifaceted aspects of our terroirs and our wine-making.


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