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2008 Drappier

Champagne, France



From a single parcel in Urville, the 2008 Brut Grande Sendrée is exceptional, opening in the glass with incipiently rich aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, brioche, marzipan and wheat toast that seems to be on the cusp of acquiring more nutty complexity. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and tight-knit, with superb concentration and structural tension, built around racy acids and concluding with an attractively chalky finish. In keeping with the vintage, this is quite a tensile, reserved Grande Sendrée, but its potential is considerable. Readers should plan on forgetting the 2008 for another four or five years if they wish to catch it at the beginning of its plenitude. It's a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, one-third of which was fermented in barrel; it was disgorged after seven years sur lattes with five grams per liter dosage.

Founded in the early 20th century in the Côte des Bar, Urville-based Maison Drappier produces full-bodied, flavorful wines derived from largely organic farming, ripe grapes, low dosage and comparatively low sulfur winemaking. The range includes single-vineyard bottling La Grande Sendrée, one of the first lieu-dit bottlings produced in Champagne. I was impressed by these recent releases, all of which represent very fine values and deserve to be better known. -- Rated 94 Points by  The Wine Advocate

Item: wine-343544
Year: 2008
Producer: Drappier
Designation: Champagne, France
Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: France
Size: 750ml
Wine Advocate: 94