The etching of Charles de Gaulle on the bottle is a reminder that he is buried not far from the Drappier vineyards in the southern Champagne region of the Aube. This 2002 is soft, rich and very easy initially. In the mouth it gains in weight and the acidity shows through well, leaving a ripe but crisp aftertaste.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.