Tasting note: A ravishing pale yellow robe with topaz nuances. Time has used its patina to reveal the wine’s complexity. Hawthorn blends with acacia honey, beeswax and marzipan. When it is aerated, the wine resumes its murmurings, quince jelly meets raspberry jam and alternates with bergamot and warm brioche. On the palate it is invigorating, imposing and it teases the taste buds. The bead caresses and balances wild strawberry jam with ripe blood orange. This harmony is extended in a delicate minerality and a lovely bitterness in which hints of mandarin orange come through.
The Story: The Grande Sendrée takes its name from a parcel of land covered in cinders (cendrée) after the fire which ravaged Urville in 1838. A spelling error having crept into a new version of the land register, today Sendrée is written with “s”, not “c”. On very light soils made up of “crayot”, the Chardonnay displays a very fine elegance while the Pinot Noir, with its slight predominance, brings power and great vinosity.
Aging: 7 years on lees
Cellaring: 20-25+ years
The Recognitions: 93pts Wine Spectator
About Champagne House:Eight generations family-owned Drappier has been one of the finest Champagne Houses since 1808, today exceeding 55 hectares, and producing about 1.6 million bottles per year. Drappier exports about 2/3 of its production in 83 countries, while maintaing a foothold in France which remains champagne’s No.1 market in the world. Champagne Drappier was honoured to be chosen by France President Charles de Gaulle for his private receptions