Agrapart & Fils

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Avize, Côte des Blancs
People: Pascal & Fabrice Agrapart, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Agrapart & Fils NV '7 Crus' Brut, Champagne AOC New! Login AG 91 Please inquire
Agrapart & Fils 2011 'Mineral' Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne Grand Cru AOC New! Login AG 91 Please inquire

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.

Media Links
Vinography: Tasting One Man's Experience: The Champagnes of Agrapart et Fils
Scala Wine Blog: Champagne Agrapart - A Profile
ChampagneGuide.net: Agrapart & Fils Overview

Vinous 12/2017
“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."

Decanter 8/2015
“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.”

Vinous 11/2015
“Pascal Agrapart excels with bright, tense Champagnes that capture all the energy that is such a signature of the Côte des Blancs.”

Vinous 11/2014
“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.”

Reviews

  • Agrapart & Fils 2011 'Mineral' Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne Grand Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (12/1/2017)

    The 2011 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Minéral Grand Cru is a very pretty wine, even if it is a touch light in this vintage. A wine of modest structure and complexity relative to the norm here, the Minéral does avoid the vegetal qualities and other strident notes of other 2011s. There is good energy and vibrancy to the wine, if not quite the layers of flavor that are signatures of the very best editions. The Minéral emerges from Les Champ Boutons in Avize and Les Bionnes in Cramant, both of which are high in limestone and planted with vines that are more than 40 years old. This release is equal parts 2014 ad 2013 vintages. Disgorged: May 2017. Dosage is 5 grams per liter.
  • Agrapart & Fils NV '7 Crus' Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (12/1/2017)

    Agrapart's NV Brut Blanc de Blancs 7 Crus 1er Cru is surprisingly open in this release, most likely a reflection of the 50% 2015 juice in the blend. Resonant, expressive and giving, the 7 Crus will be very easy to drink young. Lemon peel, flowers and chamomile flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine's ripe personality and suppleness that stand out most. What a pretty wine this is. I don't remember the 7 Crus ever being this radiant, even after the 10% Pinot was added to the blend a few years ago. Disgorged: June 2017. Dosage is 7 grams per liter.