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AGRAPART 06 XBT MINERAL
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Bottle Size: 750ml
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AGRAPART 06 EXTRA BRUT MINERAL

2 STARS PETER LEIM'S CHAMPAGNE GUIDE-"As always, this comes from the same two parcels, blended in equal proportions: Avize Le Champ Bouton is vinified in tank, while Cramant Bionnes is made in demi-muid. This bottle was disgorged only a couple weeks before I tasted it, dosed at slightly over 3 g/l, yet it's already showing a sleek harmony and richly expressive fragrance. Its fruit flavors lie in the green spectrum—fresh pear, apple, green citrus—although it also feels concentrated and full in body on the palate. It persists on the finish with excellent length, its vibrant, expansive aromas intertwined with saline minerality, and it should become even more complex with a few years in the cellar. Last tasted: 11/12."

Pascal Agrapart has an unsurpassed, dare we say fanatical passion to create Champagnes that present high resolution taste portraits of their Côte des Blancs terroir. For this roster we have selected his aptly named Cuvée Minéral because it makes a fabulous flavor statement for the man and his mission. It is a 50/50 blend of 40-year- old parcels in Avize and Cramant. The Avize portion was fermented in tank while the Cramant base wine was vinified in old oak barrels. Everything went through full malolactic fermentation with no filtration. Dosage was a minimal 4g/l. Australian Champagne maven Tyson Stelzer's remarks are spot on: “…It’s a delightfully expressive wine that hits high notes of wonderful freshness and purity, within a style of reverberating concentration, substance and creamy, textual mouthfeel. White nectarine leads out, layered with honey, brioche and nougat, finishing with hints of nutmeg. Pascal Agrapart describes it as a vertical wine with dark acidity, but to me the acidity is as fresh and bright as daylight, with a softness of early morning light filtered through fine mist. 95 Points.”
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