Since its creation in 1808, the Drappier Champagne House, whose vaulted cellars date back to the 12th century, enjoys a history that is closely linked to Pinot Noir, its favourite grape variety. Indeed, in the the 1930s and against the general opinion of the village, this grape variety was replanted on the estate. History proved the House right, and the 100% Pinot Noir Drappier cuvée was General de Gaulle’s favourite champagne to relish during family get-togethers.
Today, the children of André and Micheline Drappier represent the eighth generation to care for this exceptional organic and biodynamic vineyard who honour long-forgotten grape varieties such as Arbane, Petit Meslier and Blanc Vrai.
The vineyard of the Drappier Champagne House spreads across 100 hectares of vines. Located to the south of Reims, the vineyard of the Drappier House is divided between its old vines in the Côte des Bar, its intense Pinot Noir grapes in the Montagne de Reims along with the very fine Chardonnay grapes in the Côte des Blancs. This vineyard is distinctive due to limestone-rich terroir combined with maximum sunshine. Some of the Drappier House’s plots are also worked with draught horses.
Vinification and ageing
This Brut Nature Rosé by Maison Drappier is obtained by bleeding after 3 days of vatting. In order to respect the juice, numerous steps are carried out to alter the wine as little as possible. Thus, the presses are low pressure, gravity is preferred to pumping to avoid oxidation, sulphur is used as little as possible, fermentation at low temperature, no filtration, zero dosage.
This Brut Nature Rosé by Drappier is a 100% Pinot Noir.
The nose blends strawberry and raspberry fragrances with subtle hints of rose petal.
The palate is dominated by red fruits, with citrus fruits and a hint of white pepper.
Food and wine pairing
Drappier’s Brut Nature Rosé Champagne can be enjoyed as an aperitif, but also with carpaccio, sushi, scallops.
The latest release of the NV Brut Rosé de Saignée is very good, exhibiting aromas of red apples, dried white flowers and blood orange, followed by a medium to full-bodied, ample and expressive palate, with ripe acids and a pinpoint mousse. It's a forward, charming rosé that is already drinking well.