Pascal Agrapart 2011 'Venus' Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs, Champagne Grand Cru AOC

Item Number: 11390

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Cote des Blancs
Appellation/AVA: Champagne Grand Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2011
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
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.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (12/1/2017)

    Agrapart's 2011 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Vénus Grand Cru is a dream wine. Deceptively medium in body, the Vénus is all about nuance, sensuality and layers. Vibrant and finely sculpted, the 2011 exudes class. Hints of lemon peel, minerals and flowers add complexity, but it is the total package here that is most impressive. Today, the Vénus is dazzling. Vénus emerges from the La Fosse lieu-dit, a site that was first planted in 1959, and that, miraculously, has never been worked with mechanical methods. Disgorged: May 2017 and bottled with no dosage.