Pascal Agrapart makes a minuscule 6000 cases a year, so his wines are very difficult to find but he is up there with the finest artisan Champagne producers. One of the most respected French wine publications, La Revue du Vin de France has awarded Agrapart the coveted 3 star rating of Le Classement (only 9 total in Champagne!) alongside the greats such as Krug, Selosse, Egly-Ouriet, and others. The village of Avize has always been special, and thanks to producers such as Pascal Agrapart, it is at the heart of the grower/producer movement in Champagne!
Disgorged Mar 2019. Agrapart Terroirs is produced from only great sites and is 100% grand cru. The fruit comes from four villages in the Côtes des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oger, and Oiry. The vines average 40 years old, and Agrapart uses 50% reserve wine and 50% barrel for this cuvée. The current bottling hails from 2013 and 2012 and was bottled in May 2014. The wine spends up to 36 months on lees and dosage is limited to 5g/l. Disgorgement is carried out by hand and to order, roughly two months before collection.
The Terroirs flaunts layers of zingy citrus and florals, and an energetic, chalky mineral core. The overall package is one of impeccable balance and amazing clarity of expression.
“Agrapart’s wines are of uniformly excellent quality, with a naturally vibrant and vinous character that makes them feel grown rather than made.”
Peter Liem, champagneguide.net
“… this is a model source of fine-drawn Champagnes … Because there are no large marketing budgets to factor in, these are also some of the best value wines in Champagne.” Michael Edwards, The Finest Wines of Champagne
“Pascal Agrapart embodies the best of the artisan tradition in Champagne, and his wines show it.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
Although Champagne Agrapart isn’t so well known in these parts, mostly because of the paucity of wine produced, these are currently at the very top of the grower tree and get the same, coveted, three-star rating in La Revue du vin de France’s Le guide des meilleurs vins de France (the highest possible rating). This is the same rating granted to Selosse, Egly and Krug and only nine Champagne estates in total. Not bad for a grower who produces less than 6000 cases in any given year. This stellar Domaine now deserves to be counted among the very finest producers in the region.
Pascal Agrapart is a grower at the top of his game. In France, he is now routinely compared to his neighbour Anselme Selosse, even though the style of wine produced by these two men is markedly different. If you were looking for a Burgundian analogy, you could think of Selosse as Lafon to Agrapart’s Coche. Both in the same village, both exceptional quality, yet both growing wines that are very different. In short, Agrapart picks earlier, uses larger, older wood and bottles earlier, resulting in wines that are less influenced by oxygen. Stylistic differences aside, the quality is on a very similar level which is why La Revue du vin de France is now giving both growers the same three star rating (their highest classification, handed out to only seven Champagne producers in total). Avize has always been a special village, and today, thanks to Agrapart and Selosse, it is at the heart of the great grower movement in Champagne.
You only have to look at the range of wines to understand how special and unique this grower is. There is now the Complantée, Vieux Millésime and Expérience (a wine that is unique in Champagne), adding further depth and interest to the historical, terroir specific range of Minéral, Avizoise and Vénus (this latter is today simply one of the greatest cuvées of the region). Together, these wines represent a remarkable line-up of Avize mousseux (with a little Cramant), all grown in historically important vineyards by a grower who has few peers in his region.
This is very complex and layered for a NV with bread dough, sliced cooked apples, minerals and steel. Full body. Tight and compact. Nicely framed and constructed.
WILLIAM KELLEY - WINE ADVOCATE
Disgorged in April 2019 with four grams per liter dosage, Agrapart's NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Terroirs is a blend of 40% 2015 and 60% 2014 and derives from old vines that are around 50 or 60 years old. Mingling notes of citrus oil and white flowers with hints of crushed chalk and rock salt, it's medium to full-bodied, racy and incisive, with a satiny attack that segues into a ripe and vinous but chalky, tight-knit core.
ANTONIO GALLONI MW - VINOUS
Agrapart's NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Terroirs Grand Cru is deep, rich and vinous. The interplay of citrus-driven intensity and textural breadth is a marvel to watch. Scents of lemon confit, white flowers and mint build into the precise, exceptionally vibrant finish. The Terroirs is another absolutely compelling Champagne from Agrapart. Don't miss it. The current release is a blend of equal parts 2013 and 2012 done partly in cask and partly in steel. The low dosage of 5 grams per litre is well judged.'
A seamlessly crafted Blanc de Blancs of enticing purity and approachability, singing with pristine lemon blossom, white peach and lemon zest. The palate is creamy and textural, embedded deep in Grand Cru chalk soils, with grapefruit rind crunch and elegant notes of anise lingering seamless though the dry finish.'