94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another new micro-cuvée from Drappier is the NV Extra-Brut Clarevallis, a bottling that pays homage to the Abbey of Clairvaux, whose monks pioneered viticulture in Urville. Offering up aromas of crisp golden orchard fruit, white flowers and stone fruit mingled with hints of clear honey and green almonds, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and vinous, with fine depth at the core, tangy acids and a lively pinpoint mousse. Concluding with a chalky finish, this is well worth seeking out.
High-toned and floral on the nose, with well-spiced flavors of poached white raspberry and Mandarin orange on the palate. A tangy, atypical version, with a lightly frothy bead, a hint of dried herbs and a saline-laced finish. Drink now. — AN
A golden grey color, very fine, persistent bubbles. Elderberry and violet notes. The limestone minerality is softened by the pinot pulp. A harmonious balance between the discreet dosage and the lovely bitter flavors.
Champagne Clarevallis (the name given by Saint Bernard to the abbey he founded) is made with grapes from the Urville hillsides, organically farmed, planted during the Cistercian period. Clarevallis is the expression and reflection of both the landscape and the land that humankind has been tending here since the 12th century.
7°C (45°F) for an aperitive or for a meal, with marinated fishes such as some sea bream with grapefruit. Fresh summer salads, langoustine and crunchy vegetables.
Blend: Pinot Noir 75%, Pinot Meunier 10%, Chardonnay 10%, Blanc Vrai 5%