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Drappier Millesime Exception 2012

Mix 12
£50.00
Mix 6
£54.00
Per Bottle
£56.00
Description & Technical Information
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Champagne Drappier is neither a Grande Marque nor strictly a grower, they have 60 hectares of vineyards in the Aube, the southern area of Champagne around its winery in the village of Urville. It also buys in two thirds of its supply from vineyard owners in the appellation to craft around 1.8 million bottles annually. Drappier's focus is on sustainability and is Champagne’s first carbon-neutral producer, with an increasing number of its vineyards certified organic, currently 15 ha are certified organic. They are also well known for lower sulphur dioxide additions and low dosage and because of this my suggestion is to enjoy the champagnes at their freshest consume them in the first few years after release.

The Millesime Expection is the vintage cuvee of Drappier, created from individual years of exceptional quality. Half of the wines are aged in older oak barrels and it all completes the malolactic fermentation, help to create the soft creamy texture as the vineyard soils are Jurassiic Kimmeridgian limestone another factor helping to encourage the minerality element in the champagne.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 4 years
Dosage: 5.5 g/l
Disgorged: Spring 2017
Drink: Now to 2025

Tasting Note: A yellow hue with hints of acacia honey, beeswax and marizpan, given time in the glass quince jelly combines with raspberry jam and warm brioche. The strawberry notes on the finish subtlely combine with ripe blood orange.
Champagne Drappier Overview
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Expert Reviews
93/100
James Button
“2012 suffered from a severe hailstorm which decimated crops, but the surviving grapes were of good quality. 50% of the base wine, as well as the liqueur de tirage and liqueur d'expédition, were matured in oak The resulting wine has a biscuity, toasty nose with a streak of fresh lemon, and it's also very lemony on the palate, cutting through its rich brioche and lees character. Oak tannins lend it some structure, and the acidity is very bright, giving this vintage expression fantastic balance.”
91/100
Xavier Rousset MS
“A pure, elegant and precise Champagne that still needs more time in bottle to fulfil its true potential. It has a beautiful mouthfeel, with floral, chalky and mineral characters tied up by firm acidity providing a fresh, structured finish.”
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