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.
Serious and softly spoken, Pascal Agrapart is one of the Côte de Blancs’s finest vignerons, chiseled and powerful wines he produces from his organically farmed vineyards. Old vines, ripe grapes, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation with ambient microflora and élevage of vins clairs in tank and seasoned demi-muids are the rudiments of his approach.
The Agrapart Terroirs
The terroir asserts itself
An Extra Brut champagne
Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
The encounter of our Grand Crus. A blend of 2 vintages from specifically chosen vineyard blocks in AVIZE, OGER, CRAMANT and OIRY, all planted with Chardonnay.
Disgorged 2 months before the release date and dosage limited at 5 grams of sugar per liter.
Agrapart’s NV Brut 7 Crus now routinely includes some 10% Pinot Noir, and the latest rendition is based on the 2016 vintage, supplemented by fully 40% from 2015. This bottle was disgorged in May 2019 with seven grams per liter dosage. Offering up aromas of rips citrus fruit, yellow apples and white flowers, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny and vinous, with a comparatively open-knot, fleshy profile, concluding with a chalky and precise finish. [92 Points, William Kelley – August 2019, robertparker.com]