If you, like us, believe that what this country needs is a good hundred-dollar tête de cuvée, this iconic creation from Drappier is the answer to your prayers. Grande Sendrée is sourced from an archipelago of selected parcels with limestone soil situated on an east-facing slope in Urville. On the Sendrée hillside frost is rare and its old vines consistently achieve optimum ripeness. Note the name; Sendrée is derived from the French word cendrée (ash), as a fire in the 19th Century burnt much of Urville and the surrounding forest. This 2010 is an assemblage of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay and is a real triumph that blows away more famous luxury bubbles selling for twice its price.
WINE ADVOCATE 93+ POINTS - "The 2010 Brut Grande Sendrée has turned out very well indeed, unwinding in the glass with youthful aromas of citrus oil, white flowers, white peach and fresh bread. Medium to full-bodied, bright and concentrated, it's youthfully tightly wound, with a racy spine of acidity, an elegant pinpoint mousse and a penetrating, chalky finish. This can't quite match the plenitude of the 2009, but it may outpace it with time, as this is an impressively vibrant, structured young Grande Sendrée."
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "A quietly elegant Champagne, with a lovely soft, laciness to texture, and a minerally underpinning of smoke and saline accents. It displays a creamy mesh of crushed black cherry, grilled nut, kumquat and dried apricot and a refine, subtle finish. Drink now through 2030."
The Grande Sendrée Cuvée takes its name from a parcel of land covered by cinders after the fire which ravaged Urville in 1838. A spelling error having slipped through in a new version of the land register, it is with an “s” that this cuvée is designated today. A reproduction of an 18th century bottle found in the Urville cellars is used and the Grande Sendrée undergoes remuage entirely by hand.
This wine is just layered and with awesome complexity. (there is a "must see" excellent U-Tube video review on the 2008 version) This 2010 Grand Sandree far and easily surpasses (in my opinion) such overly vaunted luxury cuvees such as Dom Perignon, Cristal and vintage Krug. -Thanks to a far less complected (and less greedy) distribution system it enjoys a much more favorable price point as well. Drappier is not as well known in the USA as those other famous brands yet, definably wins as my choice here!