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Champagne Pascal Agrapart Minéral Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Crutext

Champagne Pascal Agrapart Minéral Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2014

Côte des Blancs, Champagne, FranceFounded in 1894, Agrapart has rightfully emerged as one of the finest grower estates in the Côte des Blancs. Pascal Agrapart is the current generation overseeing the estate, making wines since 1984 when he took over from his father, Pierre, and after studying oenology in Bordeaux, and Avize. When he arrived, there were 4 hectares of vines, and he has grown that to 12 hectares, 9 of those rooted in grand cru villages of Avize, Cramant, Oiry and Oger. His father never used herbicides or chemical pesticides, and while Pascal is uninterested in being labelled organic or biodynamic, he follows the same naturalist practices, focusing on the soils. Though not listed on the front, Minéral is a single vintage (check the back label) from two Avize parcels rooted in very chalky soils, and vines 50-60+ years. One vinification is done in old 600L barrels, and the other in tank before a 50/50 blend. This spent 6 years on lees, and was dosed with 3 g/L in March 2021. Alluring toasted hazelnuts, dough, green apple, and lemon peel rule this streamlined BdB, studded with flake salts across a gently expansive meringue core. Avize soils and low dosage give it an electricity that easily tops the weight of wood and time sur lattes, resulting in this beautiful complexity that unravels with time. Another beauty from Pascal.Tasted: 05 May 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$200.00750mlprivate wine stores
Producer: Champagne Agrapart & FilsDistributors: That's Life Gourmet
Grape: Chardonnay