Country: France
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Champagne Drappier is a family owned house based in the Côte des Bar in the Aube region of Champagne and run by Michel Drappier, the latest in his family to tend the land that has been accumulated by the Drappiers since 1808. Michel Drappier, described as vying for the position of ‘this southerly district’s very best producer’*, creates wines for real connoisseurs, who seek authenticity and craftsmanship in all they consume.

The 50 plus hectares in and around Urville, in the Aube, were carefully chosen by Drappier’s ancestors for their excellent exposure and high limestone content, to produce wines full of character. In addition, a further 40 hectares are grown under contract. On these lands, Pinot Noir is king (70%), while Chardonnay (15%) and Pinot Meunier (13%) ensure the balance of the ‘assemblages’. A few parcels planted with rare old varieties bring their own unique characteristics to the Drappier cuvées.

With two hundred years of experience supporting him and a wide range of skills inherited from his predecessors, Michel Drappier, named ‘the most dynamic producer in the Aube*’, strives to nurture a particular style of genuine wine-making that extends well beyond the technical while at the same time improving it through little details which make all the difference. “At Drappier, we continually construct the future while drawing on the riches of the past.” Unwilling to be defined by fashion or to bow to the pressure of creating the ‘best’ Champagne, Michel Drappier passionately seeks the natural and the authentic, rather than the superficially sophisticated and overly polished. He is quite simply committed to vinifying genuine wines; wines without artifice, beautifully crafted wines, created with a sense of history and heritage.

Wines from Drappier