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AGRAPART Champagne Extra Brut Grand Cru "Terroirs" NV

Wine Region: Champagne - France

Grape: Chardonnay

Tasting notes: Four years on the lees adds texture and weight, giving way to a dry, structured Champagne full of yeasty, fruit-forward flavors.

About the winery: Founded in 1894, this has become one of the finest grower estates in the Cote des Blancs under its current proprietor, Pascal Agrapart, who has been making wines here since 1984. Unlike many of the smaller grower Champagne houses that have really only recently begun to estate bottle their wines and sell them under their own labels, the Agrapart family has done so since the inception of the domaine. The winery was founded by Arthur Agrapart, and today is run by the fourth generation of the family. The two Agrapart brothers, Pascal and Fabrice, continue to maintain the same commitment to excellence and hand - crafted wines that has earned this fine domaine its loyal customer base in France. His 10ha of vines lie largely in the grand cru villages of Avize, Cramant, Oiry and Oger, and while he's uninterested in being labelled organic or biodynamic, he works according to natural rhythms and sensibilities, without any chemical pesticides or herbicides. Agrapart always ferments his wines with indigenous yeasts, which he feels is crucial to the expression of terroir, and a portion of the wines are aged in old.

Expert Rating:
Wine Advocate: 94+/100