Drappier, Champagne Brut Carte d'Or, NV

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Drappier is the only famous Champagne House to work exclusively in the Aube, and it happens to be one of our favorites. Still boutique-sized and family run, the wines are made with attention to detail and a deep respect for the special terroirs of the Aube. This wine features mostly Pinot Noir (85%) grown in the same type of soils that gives Chablis its unique minerality: kimmeridgian limestone.


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The secret to the magic of Drappier -- the only famous House located in the Aube -- is they operate much more in the vein of a grower: they own most of their vines, farm organically and biodynamically (sometimes plowing with a horse), focus on terroir with a slew of single parcel bottlings and continue to push the quality forward with experimentation in every aspect, never settling for status quo. But being able to buy grapes also gives them the flexibility of a House, along with much greater stocks of reserve wine and a huge Cistercian cellar to store a LOT of library bottles.

Professional Reviews


BH 91
"Pretty notes of toasted bread, yeast, orange peel and white peach introduce rich, full-bodied and borderline creamy flavors that are shaped by a relatively soft effervescence before terminating in an agreeably dry, clean and focused finale. This is drier than the 7 g/l would usually suggest but I underscore that it stops short of austerity. Lovely stuff fashioned in a 'drink me now' style." -Allen Meadows

Robert Parker

RP 91
"Disgorged in April 2021, Drappier's new NV Brut Carte d'Or delivers attractive aromas of golden orchard fruit, stone fruit, honeycomb and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, it's charming and elegantly vinous, with a flavorful core of fruit, lively acids and a chalky finish." -Robert Parker

Jancis Robinson

JR 17.5
"Tight, fresh and Chablis-esque dusty/mineral quality on the nose plus a slight yeasty note. There is that yeasty aroma but it is less broad than in the wine aged in the Drappier cellars. This is still creamy but it is a touch herbal and more citrus. Slightly smoky. Acidity seems higher than the cellar-aged wine, perhaps because the fruit seems less rich and full. Tight, precise and elegant."


D 91
"Described by Drappier as 'almost a blanc de noirs', this Pinot Noir-dominant wine sourced from the Côte des Bar is the house's calling card. 5% of the cuvée is matured in barrels for a year for added complexity and texture, and it's bottled unfiltered with a fairly low dosage of 7g/l. There are some melon and apple scents on the nose along with a splash of red fruits, while the palate is intense, with notes of apple, quince and grape wrapped in a red-fruit veil. It's full-bodied and long, with a lovely texture from the red wine tannins and oak-matured portion."

Wine Spectator

WS 92
"This bright and zesty Champagne is lightly juicy and appealing, offering flavors of Honeycrisp apple, ripe white cherry, biscuit and pickled ginger. Balanced and lacy in texture, with a lingering, spiced finish."


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Champagne boasts some of the world’s greatest luxury brands with Krug, Cristal and, of course, Dom Perignon. But it’s also home to hundreds of small dynamic producers—farmers who grow their own grapes (often organically) and make (often with natural methods) tiny amounts of pure and absolutely delicious wine that reflect the individual personalities of their villages and terroirs. Toast with these wines, for sure. But also treat them like the great wines they are: taste, drink, explore!

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