The Drappier Brut Nature is a somewhat special bottle in the eyes of this House. One of the first Champagnes to be made entirely without dosage – that is, added sugar – it offers an intriguing sensation to the taste buds and will suit perfectly as an aperitif. Not to mention that with some meals it will prove outstanding, of course.
Speaking about the Champagne as if it is more than just a mere bottle, Michael Drappier has noted how this wine has been drank regularly after work on the vineyard – that, if you will, it is the staple of the House.
A stunning composition made up entirely of Pinot Black, this Champagne is bold and powerful and structured wonderfully. The aromas are punchy and fruity, and all this is no accident. In fact, it's very much the design of the House, occurring after the Drappier Brut Nature has spent as long as 3 years in the historic cellars that have produced so many wonders.
Visually, the Drappier Brut Nature 75 Cl is arresting and tantalising. With its coppery sheen, bubbles drift upwards in a hail of amber light, and once the bottle is opened and poured, the nose presents red fruit notes and peach vine aromas that easily entertain.
Never less than striking, all the flavours then concentrate themselves as the sharp attack takes place. The red fruits then become even more prevalent, and quince, blackcurrant and even gingerbread are offered up with remarkable flowing ease.
Oysters will work beautifully with the Drappier Brut Nature, or equally this will suit on virtually any other occasion after a meal. All this from a bottle that is reliably clean and fresh and tempting – so why not try a bottle?
Revue du Vin de France : 14/20
Guide Parker : 88/100
Wine Spectator : 90/100
Guide Richard Juhlin : 73/100