Tonight in Redwood City we are having what promises to be the best yet Champagne Friday event. From 5:00-6:30, Charline Drappier, the 8th generation of the Drappier family will be presenting her fantastic Champagne. She is visiting us after travelling from the tiny village of Urville in the Aube department- by way of New York City! Her family has been producing Champagne since 1808, and they make some of the most nuanced, elegant wines in all of Champagne. Unlike many of her big name neighbors in the Marne department, her wines remain stunning values. The cost will be just $10, and we will pour the following:
Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne $39.99
Drappier Charles de Gaulle Brut Champagne $69.99
Drappier Rose Brut Champagne $54.99
2006 Drappier "Grande Sendrée" Brut Champagne $99
If you are intersted in reading more about this great house here is an excerpt from my original offering on the Champagne's that I sent out in March of this year:
Champagne Drappier is THE high quality negociant in the Aube, but has struggled to find good representation in the USA. Recently, they started working with a very good importer, Dreyfus Ashby, and we have them back on the shelf here at K&L. Drappier was founded in 1808 in Urville, in the center of the Aube department. It was Drappier that brought Pinot Noir to the Aube in the 1930’s, a move that was mocked at the time- now it is by far the most planted grape in the region.
A little more than half of Drappier’s production is comes from their over 130 acres of estate vineyard. The other part comes from long term contracts. The wines go through malolactic, with very little sulfur; they claim to have the lowest sulfur counts of any major negociant. Like Billecart-Salmon, they pride themselves on low temperature fermentation and the wines share the clean precision that cold fermentations are known for.
A toast to you!