Producer: Champagne Drappier
"Vinified exclusively in great years, the Grande Sendrée epitomizes a great champagne wine. This cuvée takes its name from a parcel of land covered in cinders (cendrée) after the fire which ravaged Urville in 1838. A spelling error having slipped into the land register records, it is an “s” which distinguishes this cuvée today. A reproduction of a 13th-century bottle discovered in the Urville cellars, the Grande Sendrée is remuée (riddled) entirely by hand. The oldest vines from the best parcels are harvested with particular care. After gentle pressing which extracts only the heart of the cuvée, vinification by gravity with very little pump pressure and minimal sulfur produces wines of remarkable finesse."
Tasting Notes: Golden in color with amber nuances. The Grande Sendree reveals subtle aromas of dried fruits, some touches of toast and wax, the whole unfolding into fruity notes of citrus fruits, fruits with white flesh, stoned fruits ... The palate accentuates the vinosity, the depth, and the structure.
Grape Variety: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay
Alcohol percentage: 12.0%