We have enjoyed the Champagnes from Drappier for many years now, usually sticking to the Grand Sendre, but we have a new Cuvee today that we have never offered before. Drappier is one of the most successful houses in the Cote des Bar, growing incredible Pinot Noir planted on limestone soils sourced from the village of Urville, which has become a signature for Drappier. The Charles de Gaulle pays homage to the French Army officer, with a healthy dose of 80% Pinot Noir with 20% Chardonnay. The grapes go through a gentle pressing only using the juice from the first press, which is transferred by gravity to stainless steel vats for fermentation, where it goes through both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The use of stainless steel helps preserve the freshness of this aromatic and elegant Champagne. The wines are never filtered and takes advantage of natural settling to help clarify the wine and spends a minimum of three years on the lees before release with a dosage around 7.5 grams and minimal sulfur. The Charles de Gaulle is a complex, energetic, and fresh Champagne and orchard fruit with peeled almonds and a dash of baking spice, which is very enjoyable and bridges a gap between a traditional house style Champagne with the intricacies of a grower style.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 92+ points! "The latest release of the NV Brut Charles de Gaulle was disgorged in December 2018 with seven and a half grams per liter dosage, and the wine is showing very well, bursting from the glass with a generous bouquet of golden orchard fruits, warm biscuits, honeycomb and peach. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and enveloping, with a fleshy core of fruit and nicely integrated dosage that lends the wine an old-fashioned, gourmand profile that's appropriate enough given its namesake. I'd expect this to pick up considerable toasty complexity with additional aging on cork."