Maison Champagne Drappier | Urville, France
Although the vines in Urville were originally planted by the Romans 2,000 years ago, it was Saint-Bernard, founder of the Clairvaux Abbey, who had the historic cellars of Champagne Drappier built in 1152. Seven centuries later, in 1808, the family domaine was created which today is headed by Michel Drappier.
An area in which Pinot Noir thrives, a grape varietal which “runs through their veins,” Urville lies where their vineyards were first planted and which are now cultivated according to organic and natural principles. Just like the archives plotting the long history of their house, they also continue to cultivate “forgotten” varietals: Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc.