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Champagne Drappier Quattuor NV Champagne

The Experience

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Exploring genealogy
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I Am the Resurrection by The Stone Roses
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So THIS is what 19th century Champagne tastes like
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Something Victorian

The Oddbins Take

It is all we can do not to squeal with excitement and thump the desk as we write our thoughts on this totally unique Champagne. A family ‘grower’ House (i.e. they make wine from their own grapes), Drappier have decided to depart from the classic Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay and explore the forgotten, historic varieties of Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Blanc Vrai. Using 25% each of these varieties, with the last 25% being Chardonnay, Drappier have created a fine and rare Champagne. It is magically elegant, with fresh aromas of white grapes and lemon peel evolving into honeyed apples and figs. A chiselled, mineral finish really puts the feather in Quattuor’s cap. You need this Champagne in your life.

The Vital Statistics

Country
France
Classification
AOC Champagne
Vintage
Non Vintage
Drink
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next 3 Years
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
12.0%
Alcohol Units
9

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The Style

Grape
Arbanne (25%), Petit Meslier (25%), Blanc Vrai (25%)
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Sarah Ahmed on thewinedetective.co.uk, 26/10/15: "As the name no doubt lead you to conclude, this is that quirky blend of Chardonnay and three newbies to me, Arbane, Petit Meslier & Blanc Vrai. I had to delve deep into the recesses of Wine Grapes to find out about these three newbies. I could find no reference to Blanc Vrai but I wasn’t surprised to learn that Arbane and Petit Meslier both have small bunches and berries because this Champagne is spicy and firm, with attractive apple core phenolics – a lick of tannin – and biting (in a piercingly engaging way) grapefruit. Characterful, long, dry (with just 4g/l dosage) and a little nutty on the finish, it’s a contemplative not canapé-light Champagne which thoroughly intrigued me. Very good. According to Oddbins buyer Ana Sapungiu those small berries and bunches also partly explain why these Champagne grapes of old fell by the wayside – they just weren’t productive enough, plus the flavour profile was not what people had come to expect. Vive le difference Drappier!"

Richard Hemming in The Purple Pages, 20/11/15: "Rich, mouthfilling style. Salty, substantial palate and long to finish... a premium champagne with loads of concentration and interest."

Champagne Drappier is a family house dedicated to Pinot Noir. They use natural methods in the vineyard, no sulphur or very little in the cellars and no filtration. They produce fantastically expressive, good value Champagnes. Once occupied by Cistercian monks from Clairvaux Abbey, the seat of the House includes some magnificent 12th century vaulted cellars. They are the former supplier of Charles de Gaulle.

Cultivated in as natural way as possible, the vineyard extends over 100 hectares and is the key asset of the house. Since 1808, the Drappier family has selected particularly exposed and highly calcareous plots, mostly located around Urville, where Pinot Noir is able to achieve its finest expression, producing very aromatic and elegant wines.

Quattuor is unusual in that it is made with forgotten grape varieties, historically used in Champagne, and only now being revived by a few, more experimental Houses. In this case, those grapes are: Arbanne (25%), Petit Meslier (25%) and Blanc Vrai 25%, alongside the classic Chardonnay (25%), which supplies an elegant and persistent note. Quatuour is a mineral and chiselled Champagne, with aromas of very fresh grapes, citrus fruit, white flowers and honeyed apples.