AGRAPART (2017) EXTRA BRUT TERROIRS

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Item #:
325554
Bottle Size:
750ML
Quantity On Hand:
42
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A blend of two vintages (2017 and 2016) from specifically chosen vineyard blocks in Avize, Oger, Cramant, and Oiry. This bottle, which was disgorged in March 2022 with a dosage of 5 grams per liter, is a powerful,mineral-laden yet elegant Champagne that could only be souces from the heart of the Côtes des Blancs.

THE WINE INDEPENDENT 94 POINTS - "Medium intensity; fresh and young (but ripe) yellow orchard fruit, lemon, mandarin zest, pineapple drops, lemon balm, a hint of white blossom. Pronounced dry; crisp and vibrant acidity; citrus: ripe sicilian lemon; very fresh; well balanced; orchard and stone fruit: fresh and young yellow apple (congruent with nose), juicy and fresh white peaches; lenghty salinity carries fruit extract; medium length." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW Bottled May 2018: Disgorged March 2022.

Pascal Agrapart, who has run his family's Côte de Blancs Champagne firm since 1980, has recently been joined by his oldest son Amboise who represents the fifth generation of Agraparts to produce Champagne from the family's estate. While certainly a callused "man of the earth" who enjoys long days in the vineyards, Pascal is equally versed in the technical details of the cellar and is a true master of the winemaking craft. Long over-shadowed by his dynamic Avize neighbor, Anselme Selosse, the soft spoken Agrapart has finally gained the critical acclaim and notoriety that his meticulously crafted, terroir-specific Champagnes so richly deserve. In fact, he has emerged as a leading role model for today's generation of aspiring grower-Champagne producers. Pascal and Amboise farm 30 acres of vines, which are mostly situated in the Grand Cru villages of Avize, Oger, Cramant, Oiry. Their holdings are divided into 70 plots with an enviable average age of 40 years. Pascal has long been imbued with a Burgundian sensibility to make wines that reflect a sense of place. To this end he makes every effort to encourage the roots of his old vines to run deep into the mother rock to better draw out the minerality of each site. Vineyard management is painstakingly eco-friendly with chemical treatments shunned in all but the most desperate circumstances. Vineyards are ploughed to break up surface roots, aerate the soil, and encourage vital microbial life while organic fertilizers, compost, and manure are applied according to soil analyses. To ensure the utmost quality, production is kept at an artisanal scale with no more than 5,400 cases produced each year. Of course, with the firm's outsized quality and limited production, availability has become a nightmare for the domaine's growing legion of fans.
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