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.
Derived from soils rich in clays with a high internal surface area toward the top of the slope in Avize, Agrapart’s 2012 Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Avizoise was disgorged in May 2019 with three grams per liter dosage after aging sur lattes under natural cork. Bursting with aromas of waxy citrus rind, beeswax, Anjou pear, white flowers and nutmeg, it’s full-bodied, broad and powerful, with considerable concentration and chalky structuring extract, girdled by ripe but racy acids and concluding with a long, expansive finish. Reflecting the concentrated, powerful vintage, this is an especially muscular Avizoise. 95/100 robertparker.com