DRAPPIER Champagne Brut Submarine Edition "La Grande Sendree" 2008 (2 bottles)
This Coffret contains one bottle of Champagne Brut Grande Sendree 2008 and a bottle of the same Champagne which was submerged in the Breton sea, in a white lacquered wooden box. Wine Region: Champagne - France
Grape: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Tasting notes: Strikingly small, persistent bubbles. A commanding mineral start, moving into a honeyed middle with perfumed quince and citrus fruit, marzipan and smoked almond, and lingering, salty-fresh oyster shell flavours. Chalk-dust fine texture, great concentration, length and balance. There is complexity here already and everything in place for it to become compellingly complex over the next few years.
Drappier decided to age a part of the Grande Sendree 2008 Cuvee in the Brittany Coast. As a result, the immersed bottles have more carbon dioxide but the bubbles are finer and better integrated, so there is more freshness and at the same time more finesse.
About the winery: Although the vines in Urville were originally planted by the Romans 2000 years ago, it was Saint Bernard, founder of Clairvaux Abbey, who had the cellars of Drappier built-in 1152.
Seven centuries later, in 1808, around this magnificently preserved testimony to medieval times, where the exceptional Cuvees slumber, the family Domaine was created which today is headed by Michel Drappier. An area in which Pinot Noir thrives, a grape variety which "runs through our veins", Urville lies where the vineyard was first planted and is now cultivated according to organic and natural principles.
Today, rather than sophisticated, sometimes overdone excellence, they prefer authenticity and a natural approach. Thanks mainly to very low quantities of dosage and extremely limited use of sulphites, of which Brut Nature Without Sulphur Cuvee is the culmination, they are able to highlight the multifaceted aspects of our terroirs and our wine-making.