Champagne Drappier to achieve a zero carbon footprint

  • Friday, Day 23/07/2021
  • Drappier, a family-run, Aube-based grower and négociant Champagne producer has a very particular character that makes it something of an outlier among its rivals, but also a highly successful business. 

    And, according to Charline Drappier, the 29-year-old daughter of Michel Drappier (who heads up the house), 2019 was “very good” in terms of sales, with demand up both in the domestic market and exports, even in areas of falling Champagne demand.

    Let's explore the reasons in the blog below: 

    Drappier First “Carbon Neutral” Champagne house
    Drappier First “Carbon Neutral” Champagne house

     

    Champagne Drappier to achieve a zero carbon footprint

    As of January 2016, Champagne Drappier is the first Champagne House in the World to have reduced their carbon emissions to a net-zero carbon footprint

    Invest in sustainable energies

    For the past ten years, Drappier has been dedicated to sourcing sustainable energies. To date, 45% of the electricity used by the House is produced by solar panels and, by 2017, that number will increase to 75%. Plans to aggressively reduce fuel consumption to a minimum over the next 5 years have begun. Cellars avoid air conditioning by utilizing a free cooling system, while isolated air conditioning is strategically used throughout the property.

    Their fleet of electric vehicles (electric tractors and goods vehicles) allows them to reduce fossil fuel consumption, and electric charging points (generic and Tesla) allow visitors and staff to benefit from the energy produced through our systems.

    Champagne Drappier has also started to reduce its carbon footprint by contracting a wind turbine company in India to continue Michel Drappier's vision for his Champagne house. “Investing in a sustainable project in India is our way of expressing gratitude to this small, but dynamic, market for Champagne,” says Michel Drappier, winemaker and CEO of Champagne Drappier. 

    Recycle everything that can be recycled

    The new shape of the Drappier bottle, designed by Michel Drappier, is now 15% lighter than a traditional champagne bottle.

    They recycle an array of materials; from bottles to the racks they use for riddling. Each bottle enjoyed at the estate is given a second life, transformed into a high-quality, vegetable wax candle, and presented in a special gift box they call Incandescence.

    Drappier high-quality, vegetable wax candle, and presented in a special gift box they call Incandescence
    High-quality, vegetable wax candle called Incandescence made by Champagne Drappier

     

    Near the Cornellier vineyard, architecture students are given free rein to recycle our wine racks and used wine barrels. The local landscape is now dotted with small vineyard huts, which are similar to those used at the time of our ancestors. Passing visitors can step inside and enjoy a tasting experience in the heart of nature.

    Become a real farmer

    On the estate, they also tend a vegetable garden, look after a henhouse, and manage an orchard following the principles of permaculture.

     

    Their early commitment to ensuring a global ecological approach was recognized in 2016 with the certification of our estate as “Carbon Neutral”. This also meant that Champagne Drappier obtained the following awards:

    Michel Drappier, Green Personality of the Year
    The Drinks Business – 2017

    Prix de l’innovation
    La Revue du Vin de France – 2019

    Trophée Champenois de la démarche éco-responsable
    Bulles & Millésimes – 2018

    WeWine Champagne Drappier Trophees Champenois 2018 - photo Hugo Drappier par Michel Jolyot
    Trophees Champenois 2018 - photo Hugo Drappier par Michel Jolyot 

     

    Farming methods

    The Drappier Champagne House team takes care of over 110 hectares of vineyard, of which 60 are privately owned, 17 have been certified organic since 2017, and a further 10 are in transition towards this certification. The whole vineyard is cultivated using sustainable viticulture practices.

    They don’t use any herbicides, and they respect the life in the soil with our gentle farming practices: manual weeding (using a hoe), partial grass coverage, horse-drawn plowing, and fallow land. They, therefore, encourage both biodiversity and healthy growth for our grapes. We also cultivate all seven grape varieties found in the Champagne region and therefore help to preserve minority grape varieties, such as Fromenteau, Arbane, Petit Meslier, and Blanc Vrai.

    On the estate, Antoine Drappier, the youngest of the family, takes good care of his horses. He uses one, in particular, to work on the land. This precise farming technique means less soil compaction and therefore less erosion.

    Champagne Drappier uses horses to plow on their fields
    Champagne Drappier uses horses to plow on their fields

     

    Recognize on labels

    Trên nhãn chai Champagne Drappier có ghi rõ thông tin về rượu vang bền vững sustainable organic
    Champagne Drappier notes "sustainable & organic" on its label

    When buying Champagne Drappier's products, you can see a line on its label that this champagne is made with the sustainable method and an organic one. 

     

    Champagne Drappier products are available at WeWine stores nationwide. Visit our stores directly or call 1900 636 749 for best support and quick order with free delivery service. 

    Source: Champagne Drappier

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