Testulat Cuvee Carte d’Or Brut

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Grower: Vincent Testulat
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir / Pinot Meunier
Style: Rich and Fresh
Country: France
Appellation: Champagne
Vintage: NV
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 12% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Pale golden straw in colour. The bouquet gives way to notes of crisp white fruits with all the biscuity richness one would expect. Rich, fruity with notes of vanilla and peaches. Fresh and lively, releasing fresh vegetal notes with a fine elegant and well balanced finish.

Drappier is based in the village of Urville to the east of the district and arriving in the silent village the first time, it’s hard to imagine such a significant producer’s HQ is here. François Drappier founded the house in 1808, descended from a Reims family of cloth merchants and lawyers and settled in Urville. The site in Urville is built over cellars constructed by the monks of nearby Clairvaux Abbey, although given their modest size and shallow depth (too warm) and the fact marl does not create the stone cold humidity of pure chalk, Drappier’s main cellars are in Reims, at 11 rue Goïot. In the 1930s the house grubbed up the traditional Aube Gamay and became pioneers of Pinot Noir. Drappier has been an important innovator in the Champagne making process ever since. The house is associated with Charles de Gaulle whose private residence was in nearby Colombey-les-Deux-Églises from the mid 1930′s and who retired and died there in 1970. De Gaulle declared Drappier his favourite Champagne and the house makes a vintage special cuvée Champagne Charles de Gaulle. Nowadays the house owns some 55ha outright, rents 50ha more and buys in some 30% of the grapes it uses. Two hundred years of climatic and economic hazards have not diminished the passion which animates a Champagne family with its roots in this soil worked a thousand times over.

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