Drappier is considered the finest boutique producer in the Côtes des Bar region of the Aube district, the southernmost region of Champagne. It was founded in 1808 in the village of Urville, and is today headed up by Michel Drappier, the eighth generation to run the family business. Exponents of organic and traditional practices, the Drappiers aspire to a position of natural authenticity rather than over-stated sophistication, employing minimal amounts of sulphur (the lowest in Champagne) and a low dosage approach that bestows a dry and aromatic elegance upon their expressions. No shortage of history either, with Drappier’s vaulted cellars tracing back to 1152. The pride of the house, the limestone-rich vineyards themselves, were initially established by the Romans 2,000 years ago.
The region’s first zero-rated carbon producers, the Drappiers are proactive in pushing the envelope, fearlessly embracing the concept of large-format bottles (despite losing a staggering 25% of the output to collateral damage via exploding bottles), experimenting with matur-ing their wine on the ocean floor and developing an exclusive wild yeast sourced from their own estate to use on their wines. They use 90% recycled glass and 75% of their electricity is sourced from solar panels. There is much to admire about this innovative family house, not least that their exquisite champagnes are brilliantly priced.
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Unfiltered and with a reduced dosage, this is a champagne imbued with elegance and authenticity.