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    Champagne Agrapart Grand Cru 'Terroirs' Blanc de Blancs NV

    Champagne Agrapart Grand Cru 'Terroirs' Blanc de Blancs NV

    Sale price
    $128.99
    Regular price
    $128.99

    Terroirs is produced from only great sites and is 100% grand cru. The fruit comes from four villages in the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oger, and Oiry. The vines average 40 years of age, and Agrapart uses between 50-60% reserve wine. After a natural fermentation, half of the wine is matured in large format, neutral oak and then spends up to 48 months on lees. Dosage is limited to 5g/l and disgorgement is carried out by hand. These standards (like the viticulture) are far higher than pretty much all of the so called 'prestige cuvées', making this wine a bargain. Emblematic of the lacy depth and purity that Pascal Agrapart's vineyard and cellar work channels into all his wines, this is a wonderfully textured, pulpy and vibrant study of Côtes des Blancs terroir.

    Producer

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    Champagne Agrapart are currently at the very top of the grower tree and get the same, coveted, three-star rating in La Revue du vin de France’s Le guide des meilleurs vins de France (the highest possible rating). This is the same rating granted to Selosse, Egly and Krug and only nine Champagne estates in total. Not bad for a grower who produces less than 6000 cases in any given year. Pascal Agrapart is a grower at the top of his game. You only have to look at the range of wines to understand how special and unique this grower is. Agrapart works an astonishing 70 micro-plots in the Côte des Blancs, mostly in Avize yet with plots in Cramant, Oiry and Oger as well. All of these parcels are ploughed (some by horse power), no chemical pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides are ever used and the fruit is of course harvested manually. The production is tiny, with no more than 6000 cases produced in any given year, and vine age is among the oldest in the Côte des Blancs (between 35 and 60+ years old with around 70% of the vines at 40+ years. Yields are kept very low. The grapes are pressed with a traditional Coquard vertical press, and fermentation is carried out with natural yeasts, which Agrapart feels is crucial to the expression of terroir. Malolactic fermentation is completed for all the wines, and aging is for the most part in old, 600-litre demi-muids. Dosage, which is done with a traditional liqueur d'expédition of cane sugar, varies from wine to wine, although it is usually around 3/4 g/L. Cuvée Venus is non-dosé. The wines are typically bottled around the full moon of May, with no fining, no filtration and no cold stabilisation

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    Region

    Champagne is a region that has undergone profound change in the last few decades. We are finally treating it as a wine instead of a celebratory splurge, the farming has improved exponentially and the explosion of grower Champagnes has lead to increased diversity of style across the region. Of course the ‘Grand Marques’ remain and their prestige cuvees still command a premium, but at the grower end of the spectrum, great purity and value can be found wherever you look. It has always been a region where blending across different vineyards to achieve a house style had been refined to an artform, despite the profundity of Krug’s Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay, many Champenois consider their Grand Cuvee to be their greatest wine. That said, today we are seeing an increasing number of single-vineyard wines and the deep-dive into the regions terroir such as the exciting Côteaux Sud d'Epernay continues. Local Knowledge: A visit to Jacques Selosse and a meal at their restaurant, ‘Les Avisés’ is akin to a religious experience.

    Specifications

    • Varieties

      Chardonnay
    • Vintage

      NV
    • Vegan

      No
    • Closure

      Cork
    • Bottle Size

      750ml
    Organic

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    Regular price
    $773.94
    Case(s) of 6
    $128.99 per bottle
    $128.99 per bottle