Champagne Agrapart & Fils
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Country of Origin: France
Location: Avize, Côte des Blancs
People: Pascal & Fabrice Agrapart, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Located in Avize in the Côte des Blancs, the estate was founded by Arthur Agrapart in 1894. His grandson, Pierre began managing the estate after WWII. Pierre’s sons Pascal and Fabrice represent the fourth generation of the domaine. The brothers holistically farm and handcraft legendary wines from 60 plots spread over 12 hectares. They have long worked organically because they feel that it is what is best for the estate and resulting wines. Homemade, natural vineyard treatments and composts, as well as horse plowing select parcels, are family tradition and not current fashion. Fermentations are native with full malolactic and long aging on the lees in both steel tanks and large, neutral oak barrels.
The chalky soil terroirs of the Côte des Blancs in the heart of Champagne are well suited for giving freshness, elegance and finesse. Agrapart’s vineyards are in the Grand Cru villages of Avize, Cramant, Oger and Oiry and mostly planted to Chardonnay. The average vine age is over 40 years old with some of the Grand Cru vines over 65 years old. This makes for added complexity, vinosity, and of course, low yields and quantity. Agrapart is only imported to a handful of U.S. markets and allocations are very small. Agrapart wines were always known in France, but started becoming popular worldwide over the past 10 years.
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“I think I can say with confidence these are the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Pascal Agrapart. The flagship cuvées in the range are fabulous, but what really impressed me this year was how gorgeous the more 'modest' wines in the range are. Specifically, the 7 Crus and Terroirs this year are outrageously beautiful. As always, Agrapart's Champagnes are taut and intensely mineral in feel."
“I was blown away by the wines I tasted from Pascal Agrapart. The entry-level wines are once again terrific, but this year I was especially impressed by the 2011, which are some of the very best wines I have tasted from this challenging and beleaguered vintage. Impeccable farming and vinification in oak are two of the choices that inform these rich, deep Champagnes."
“Founded in 1894, this has become one of the finest grower estates in the Côte des Blancs under its current proprietor, Pascal Agrapart, who has been making wines here since 1984.”
Wine Advocate 10/2015
“I very much like the Burgundian approach of the Agrapart brothers Pascal and Fabrice: “We fight for the truth of the terroir!” Oh yes, they do and that’s what you taste -- not the fight, but the terroir... Agrapart’s Champagnes are as pure as possible, full of character and distinction; they are deeply mineral wines full of expression.”
“Pascal Agrapart excels with bright, tense Champagnes that capture all the energy that is such a signature of the Côte des Blancs.”
“Pascal Agrapart is one of the standard bearers in Avize and the Côte des Blancs.”
Wine Advocate 10/2012
“Meticulous attention to farming and winemaking places Agrapart at or near the top of Champagne’s finest artisan growers. These remain some of the most fascinating wines in the region. Pascal Agrapart embodies the best of the artisan tradition in Champagnes, and his wines show it.”