Pascal Agrapart 2011 'Avizoise' Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne Grand Cru AOC
Item Number: 11389
Sub Region: Cote des Blancs
Appellation/AVA: Champagne Grand Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Argilo-calcaire (limestone and clay)
Terroir: The Agrapart Avizoise Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru is a cuvée from their oldest vines (60 years old) on their best Grand Cru parcels in Avize: Robarts and Gros Yeux (Big Eyes). The soils have a strong presence of clay over a limestone subsoil. It’s a wine that expresses a very particular terroir, but as Agrapart points out, "it’s only one facet of the terroir of Avize." Avize has two main terroirs; one is very chalky and the other is a clay and limestone mix. Both of the parcels used for Avizoise have clay and limestone soils. The resulting Champagne has powerful minerality with a dense and rich core.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested and pressed with a Coquard press. Fermentation occurs naturally with native yeast in steel tanks and demi-muids. Avizoise completes malolactic fermentation. It is bottled without fining or filtration under cork rather than capsule for the second fermentation. Avizoise ages on the lees between 72 and 84 months. Riddling is manual. Wine is disgorged 60 days prior to release. Dosage is limited to 5 grams per liter. Total sulfites in the wine are less than 50 mg/L.