Pascal Agrapart 2011 'Venus' Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs, Champagne Grand Cru AOC
Item Number: 11390
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: Chalk, limestone and clay
Terroir: Planted in 1959, La Fosse is a mid-hill plot that is worked only by man and horse. In 2000, the Agraparts began working this 0.3-hectare parcel in Avize by horse instead of tractor. Plowing by horse better aerates the soil. Their late Boulonnais horse Vénus is this wine's namesake. Like the Avizoise, Vénus is a terroir-specific wine, but in addition to the difference in the method of plowing, another difference is that this section of La Fosse lies largely on the chalky portion of the slope, contrasting the clay soils of the Avizoise vineyards. The wine shows stunning depth and richness combined with exceptional freshness and minerality.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested and pressed with a Coquard press. Fermentation occurs naturally with native yeast. Some of the wine sees demi-muids. Agrapart Vénus completes malolactic fermentation. It is bottled without fining or filtration under cork rather than capsule for the second fermentation. Vénus ages on the lees between 72 and 84 months. Riddling is manual. Wine is disgorged 60 days prior to release. The cuvée is not dosed. Total sulfites in the wine are less than 50 mg/L.