Wine Review: Drappier Carte d’Or Brut NV (37.5cl)

Champagne Drappier is one of my favourite Aube producers in many ways. I’m happy to say that I have personally met Andre, Michel, and Charline on numerous occasions, along with my son, daughter and daughter-in-law. This wonderful family all left warm and memorable impressions.

This dynamic independent house is currently run by the charmingly and hospitable 7th and 8th generations: father Michel, daughter Charline and sons Hugo and Antoine.

Drappier is based in Urville in the Côte des Bar comes has a wide range of rich lush full-flavoured cuvees and also make still wines.
Fact: Champagne Drappier was Charles de Gaulle’s favourite Champagne and Madame de Gaulle was a great friend of the Drappier family.

The house of Drappier is unusual in many ways: they are neither a Grands Marques house, nor a grower; they own 60 hectares, so they are technically both a domaine and negociant house. Drappier is also one of the most experimental in Aube. They often use no dosage, they are pioneering ‘sans soufre’ no sulphur fizz (sulphur sensitivity runs in the family) and focus on organic viticulture.

The cuvée Carte d’Or expresses the identity of the house directed by the family since 1808.

Tasting Notes:
The Drappier Carte d’Or expresses all the aromas of Pinot Noir; this constitutes at least 80% of the blend, along with Chardonnay 15 %, and Pinot Meunier 5 %.

This champagne has a great aromatic richness of melon, apple and red fruits. The palate is intense, with notes of apple, peaches and quince wrapped in a red-fruit veil. It’s full-bodied and long with a lovely texture, and complex mouthfeel.

91 Points

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161st Hospices de Beaune Charity Wine Auction – November 21st, 2021

On the occasion of the 161st edition, the profits from the sale of the charity auction “Pièce des Présidents” will be donated to two associations that work to support women’s causes:

  1. The National Federation for Women’s Solidarity, sponsored by French actress Jeanne Balibar, works to combat violence against women; and
  2. The Curie Institute, sponsored by French actor Pio Marmaï (seen in the movie Back to Burgundy), supports medical research against breast cancer.

In addition to supporting charitable causes (established in 1978), the Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction also enables investments to be made to meet the health needs of the region, namely the improvement of medical equipment and the modernization of infrastructures. The completion of the reconstruction of the Philippe le Bon Hospital represents an investment of 70 million euros spread over the next 6 years.

This is the first time the Hospices de Beaune has partnered with Sotheby’s and will be presenting 349 barrels for sale:

293 barrels and 2 half-barrels of red wine

56 barrels and 3 half-barrels of white wine

The 148th Fête des Grands Vins de Bourgogne brings together some 700 estates, producers and cooperatives, who will be offering their latest vintage for tasting. In total around 3,000 wines will be on offer.

Auction Details
Date: Sunday 21st November
Time 2.30pm – 161st Hospices de Beaune Charity Wine Sale
Location:  Halles de Beaune, Place de l’Hôtel Dieu, Entrance B for journalists and others – (invitation only)

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Vignobles Bonfils announces new luxury wine tourism complex in Languedoc “Château Capitoul”

Vignobles Bonfils has just announced the opening of Château Capitoul, a luxury wine tourism complex at the heart of AOP La Clape in Languedoc.

The family-owned group is one of the largest vineyard owners in France, with 1,600 hectares under vine. Vignobles Bonfils also maintains 17 châteaux and estates in Occitania and 4 wine tourism sites.

Since 2011, through its alliance with Domaine & Demeure, Bonfils has jointly brought 3 of Languedoc’s flagship estates back to life: Les Carasses, Saint-Pierre de Serjac and, in 2021, Capitoul. In Roussillon, they have achieved the same with the inspirational Château l’Esparrou.

Laurent Bonfils, company CEO, said of the complex: “Being a wine tourism practitioner implies creating an emotional bond and becoming a region’s ambassador.”

The estate was purchased in 2011 and after a three-year renovation, the showpiece of 19th-century winery architecture has been restored and transformed.

The 93-hectare estate encompasses garrigue, olive groves, grounds and 62 hectares of unbroken vines while being nestled amidst the unspoilt countryside in Languedoc’s largest national park and Natura 2000.

Eco-Friendly and sustainable practices have been employed to protect the natural surroundings, especially the site’s water resources. Around the edges of the vineyards, a dry-stone wall habitat has been built for ocellated lizards.

The 62 hectares of Grenache noir and blanc, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Cinsault vines surround this iconic property in AOP La Clape, Languedoc’s first appellation to be granted village-designated status, for reds and whites. The re-opening of Château Capitoul coincides with a complete overhaul and redesign of the range. Under the La Clape appellation, it boasts 6 reds and 5 whites along with 3 Languedoc rosés.

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Languedoc Appoints its first General Director, Stéphanie Daumas

On October 1, Stéphanie Daumas became the first person to hold the role of General Director for the regional body of AOP Languedoc since the post was created in 2007.

The 41-year-old oenologist and lawyer previously managed the Vaucluse IGP, the Vieille Julienne estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Victor Contis cooperative in the Southern Rhône. Between 2014-2018, Stéphanie also had a leading position for the Dolia negociant business subsidiary of Raphaël Michel France’s largest bulk wine supplier.

 

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Beaujolais Nouveau Prices Increased by 50%

The Beaujolais Nouveau sales campaign got off to a flying start this week, taking negociants by surprise! The trade expects prices to be capped at 250 euros/hectolitre for Beaujolais Nouveau and €270 /hl for Beaujolais Villages Nouveau, one operation launched this year’s ‘blitzkrieg’ with prices of €300 /hl for Villages primeurs.

As co-operative wineries began selling their wines, the campaign remained firmly on track at these launch prices. Initial market price lists issued by the Beaujolais wine marketing board show that the prices of Primeurs are in excess of €280 /hl for Beaujolais Nouveau and €300 /hl for Villages, an increase of 50 % compared to the ceiling price of €190 /hl which led to winegrower demonstrations last year. After the frost and mildew, “the crop is small and there is nothing to panic about”, said David Ratignier, chairman of the producers’ organisation, in a bid to put the hikes into perspective. He claims that “prices are not skyrocketing but increasing due to a small crop (barely 35 hl/ha for Beaujolais and 30 hl/ha for Villages). Constrained yields are compounded by lack of inventory and record sales”.

Compared to last year’s downward pressure on pricing, Olivier Richard, secretary of the Greater Burgundy wine brokers’ organization, claims “we’re going from one extreme to the other. I’ve never seen anything like it – a quota system for Primeurs. There are so few wines and so few unspoken-for volumes that even if the trade is reluctant to pay the prices, the ball is in the court of the winegrowers”.

 

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