Fizz-tastic Father’s Day: Toast with the Charm and Finesse of Champagne Drappier Charles De Gaulle Brut!
Champagne Drappier Charles De Gaulle Brut is a creamy wine, salty as a rock, but broad and with a great aromatic boost.
It is an excellent Pinot Noir, at 80%, which focuses on strawberries, musk, mint, many perfumes, and a crazy citrus charge.
It moves rocky but is wide, spicy, and decadent, with slightly oxidized, fleshy, smoky aromas and flavors and candied fruit.
The yeasts worked very well, encrusting the wine with flavor and aromatic depth and amplifying the dark confines of the Pinot Noir.
How it is produced
The Drappier winery is one of the oldest and most venerable, founded by Cistercian monks in the 1200s and still used today by the Drappier family.
And its 35 hectares in the Cotes de Bar are living masterpieces. The soils are based on marl and limestone with less chalk, characteristics that this terroir has in common with nearby Burgundy and less with the other great crus of Champagne.
It is no coincidence that in the Aube Pinot Noir is grown at 80 percent of the time and finds an incredible microclimate.
Collection of the best bunches, soft pressing, slow fermentation at low temperature, malolactic fermentation, and aging in large oak barrels.
The wine is not filtered.
Second fermentation in the bottle, with rest on the lees for 5 years. Disgorgement and the addition of 5 g/liter of liqueur to sweeten this woodland and rock juice a bit.
The bouquet is all sea and undergrowth, intriguing, not explosive, but full of complex, sugary, and vanilla references.
The look is elegant, subtle, part ethereal with blueberries in alcohol, and veers towards marine, iodized tones. The finish is delicate and full of flowers.
On the palate, it is juicy, with a squeeze of citrus and rock, but thanks to the help of the yeasts, the gustatory boundaries have expanded, and it works on sharp layers and other, more evolved ones, with a flavor of hazelnut and cotton candy.
The thickness is good, the depth is there, and it is not satisfied with the acidity and salt duet but goes deeper without ever losing sight of roundness and good drinkability.
50-55 euros: a fair price for a Champagne with a discreet and elegant charm.