Founded in 1894 by Arthur Agrapart, this outstanding estate in Avize acquired much of its present vineyardland during the 1950s and ’60s, thanks to Arthur’s grandson Pierre. Since 1984 it has been run by Pascal Agrapart and his brother Fabrice, who have taken the domaine to ever-greater heights, emphasizing natural viticulture and the expression of terroir. The Agraparts’ vineyards are spread over 62 parcels, the majority of which lie in the grand cru villages of Avize, Cramant, Oiry and Oger. Average vine age is about 35 years, with the oldest vines in Avize over 60years.
The Agrapart Avizoise
A generous terroir
An Extra Brut champagne
Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
Always a vintage champagne, this cuvee comes from 2 selected vineyard blocks in AVIZE (Robarts, Gros yeux) with the same geological profile. A deep layer of clay-rich topsoil before the chalk. Bottled under cork. Avizoise offers density and richness, and is at the same time gastronomic and elegant. Disgorged 2 months before the release date and dosage limited at 3 grams of sugar per liter.
The 2011 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs L’Avizoise Grand Cru has more than enough brawn and depth to fill out its frame. The richness of fruit of this clay-rich site, along with the flavor complexity that is gained through aging on the cork results in a rich, vinous Champagne built on layers of flavor and vertical structure. As good as the 2011 is today, I would prefer to drink it on the earlier side given the challenges that 2011 presented. This is a superb wine for the year and a real revelation. Old vines in the Les Robarts and La Voie d’Epernay lieu-dits inform the Avizoise. [94 Points, Anotion Galloni – October 2017, vinous.com]