Drappier Grande Sendree 2010
A ravishing pale yellow robe with topaz nuances. Time has used its patina to reveal the wine’s complexity. Hawthorn blends with acacia honey, beeswax and marzipan. When it is aerated, the wine resumes its murmurings, quince jelly meets raspberry jam and alternates with bergamot and warm brioche. On the palate it is invigorating, imposing and it teases the taste buds. The bead caresses and balances wild strawberry jam with ripe blood orange. This harmony is extended in a delicate minerality and a lovely bitterness in which hints of mandarin orange come through.
Drappier's Urville-based cellars were constructed by Cistercian monks from Clairvaux Abbey and are among the oldest in Champagne, dating back to 1152. The house, founded in 1808, is known for its Pinot Noir-dominant wines, and its minimal use of sulfur and dosage.
The estate owns 53 hectares (131 acres) of vineyard land, and farms another 50ha (124 acres) in contractual arrangements with local growers. Pinot Noir thrives in the Aube and makes up the bulk of Drappier's plantings.