Drappier Carte D’ Or Brut Champagne (92WS)
- Size: 750ml
- Item Code: 012086008351
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. Drink now through 2022. (WS)
The Drappier vineyards are the basis on which the essence and consistency of our Cuvees are built. At Urville, the Pinot Noir is king (70%), whilst the Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier (15%) give balance to the blends. Cultivated with special care, the family vineyard has been fertilized with natural manures just as they were in the last century. The methods used are simple, not to say basic, in order that nature can express itself freely. The crop coming from these vineyards thus produces wines which faithfully reflect the “terroir”.
Champagne is the home to the sparkling wine the accompany all types of celebration. It is made from 1 white and 2 red grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
- Champagne is usually non-vintage. Producers blend several vintages to achieve consistent quality. Non-vintage champagne can be drunk young; though further bottle aging will give it more roundness and color.
- Vintage champagne is made in great years only. As 80% of the grapes come from one year, vintage champage is concentrated in flavor and best aged for a decade before drinking.
- Champagne is classified by its levels of sweetness. Extra Brut means bone-dry with less than 0.5% of residual sugar per liter. Brut is the norm, with 0.5-1.5% of residual sugar. Sec despite meaning dry in French, is quite sweet with 2-3.5% residual sugar. Semi-Sec and Doux are even sweeter, with 3.5-5% and 5.5-8% sugar per liter.
- There are over 100 companies (or marques in French) making Champagne. It is useful to know the Tête de Cuvée (top of line) for each marque. For example, Dom Perignon is the Tête de Cuvée of Moët et Chandon and La Grande Dame is the Tête de Cuvée of Veuve Clicquot.
- Blanc de Blanc is the most delicate and lightest of all champagne. It is made solely from Chardonnay. As only one quarter of the land is designated to Chardonnay production, Blanc de Blanc commands a high price!
- Blanc de Noir, on the other hand, is made solely with red Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It has more complexity than the average non-vintage Champagne.