With festive celebrations just around the corner, it’s the season to stock up on fine Champagne. We import an exceptional Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs from Le Mesnil, as well as the Pinot Noir-based Champagnes of Drappier – one of the region’s finest boutique houses.
Arguably the greatest cooperative on the planet, Le Mesnil provides the likes of Salon and Krug with Grand Cru Chardonnay. Grapes are sourced from the commune of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the heart of the Côte des Blancs and 10% is bottled under the Le Mesnil label. Aged on the lees for a minimum of 3 years, this profound non-vintage Champagne is complex, elegant and understated with a creamy mid-palate. A staff favourite.
Drappier is a family-owned Champagne house that dates back to the 19th century. Their Champagnes hail from the clay-rich soils of the Aube, where Pinot Noir produces fruity, exuberant wines with aromatic richness. Embracing authenticity and a natural approach, Michel Drappier, the current family head, believes in minimal intervention, with very little addition of sugar and sulphur dioxide. Their Carte d’Or Brut has some of the lowest counts of both compared to other ‘standard’ non-vintage cuvées.
Upcoming Champagne events:
The Dom Pérignon Experience | Ellerman House, Cape Town (24 November) – R 2,995
Grande Provence Sparkling Affair with Drappier, Le Mesnil, Jacquesson and Dom Pérignon | Franschhoek, Cape Town (2 December) – R 2,250
Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV – R 555
Lightly chalky, with hints of pastry, poached pear and candied lemon zest running through. Offers a firm bead and a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2017+. – 90/100, Wine Spectator
Drappier, Carte d’Or Brut NV – R 525
75% Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, there is no filtering and minimal use of sulphur. The dosage of just 7g/l and 5% of the wine is matured in barrels for 1 year to enrich the cuvée. Granny Smith apple, toasted almond, currant and whole-grain toast flavors are fresh and well-meshed, structured by bright acidity and a lively bead. Offers a creamy finish, with hints of smoke and honeycomb. Drink now through 2018. – 91/100, Wine Spectator
Drappier, Brut Rosé NV – R 615
The NV Brut Rosé is very, very pretty. This is a fresh, energetic wine that impresses for its length and persistence. The wiry finish suggests the wine will drink well for a number of years, perhaps more if the fruit fleshes out. – 91/100, Wine Advocate