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.

This Cuvée Expérience lives up to its name! This Blanc de blancs, from old Avize Grand Cru vines in the Robards and Bionnes lieux-dits, is the ultimate challenge to natural Champagne. Far from the prevailing practices in Champagne, it is made without any eXOgenic inputs. No chaptalization, parcel-by-parcel vinification in demi-muids, and fermentations started solely with indigenous yeasts. But the great advance, after a year in demi-muids, is the addition of grape must from the same vineyard during the following harvest, in place of the liqueur de tirage, to kick-start the Secsecond fermentation in the bottle, the famous prise de mousse. Unfined and unfiltered wines are bottled by hand, using corks and staples. The wines then spend 3 years on their lees, with riddling also carried out by hand, and disgorging 60 days before release to preserve all their natural freshness. No dosage is carried out!

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