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Champagne Drappier


Michel Drappier

REGION: Champagne

Located in the heart of Urville, Champagne Drappier was founded in 1808 and reflects its rich tradition, dating back to the Gallo-Roman era. Established on the foundations of a twelfth-century Cistercian vineyard, it offers historical charm. Following World War II, the estate was acquired by the Drappier family, who skillfully merged its long-standing tradition with modern technology. Since 2016, the eighth generation of the Drappier family, Charline, Hugo, and Antoine, have joined Michel and his wife Sylvie in managing the family winery. Charline is gradually taking over the marketing, while her brother Hugo oversees the viticulture and enology. Antoine is keenly interested in animals and nature and plows part of the organically farmed vineyard with his horse. 

Their viticulture and winemaking philosophy intertwine sustainability with tradition. The estate shuns herbicides and insecticides, favoring manual and horse-driven cultivation, embodying an Ecocert-certified organic ethos. Their grape varieties, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, and rare revived varieties like Arbanne and Fromenteau, thrive in the Kimmeridgian limestone-rich soils, the same soil that is found in the best Chablis Grand Cru vineyards. Minimal intervention is practiced in the cellar. Using native yeasts, limited sulfur additions, and gravity-based techniques, the Drappier family underscores their commitment to natural winemaking. 

This is vividly illustrated in their 'Drappier Brut Nature Sans Soufre', pioneering the spirit of low-sulfur Champagnes. The Drappier portfolio is diverse, with each wine reflecting the Blanc de Noirs terroir's distinct identity. From the aromatic Carte d’Or to the prestigious Grande Sendrée, their wines offer a unique balance of depth and finesse. Drappier's environmental stewardship extends beyond traditional limits. As the first “carbon neutral” Champagne house, their comprehensive commitment to sustainability encompasses solar energy utilization and recycling initiatives. This holistic approach to winemaking and environmental care cements Champagne Drappier's reputation as the leading producer of quality wines and a leader of sustainable methods in the Champagne region.

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The lush agricultural area of Champagne, of course now popular for its eponymous sparkling wines. The drink called Champagne, however, did not originate from the area – legend has it that monks (and the methods used to make this sparkling wine) actually brought it from Languedoc in the south of France all the way to this region to the east of Paris. These artisans also found that the terroir – specifically the chalky soil of Champagne – produced a brighter, fresher bubbly that was better than it used to be in Languedoc. French law states that Champagne can only be used to name wines from this particular region, according to the AOC. The legally defined wine producing sub-regions within the area are Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne.  

Featured Grape Varieties:
Pinot Noir
Pinot Meunier
Blanc Vrai

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