Monday, August 22, 2011

Grower Producer Champagne from Vanguard Wines

“These pure wines from Agrapart are among the most
alive and energetic Champagnes I encountered, and
they should be a part of any well‐stocked cellar.”
‐Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Champagne Agrapart & Fils

One of the oldest Grower Champagne (RM) houses in existence, the estate dates back to the 1880s when Arthur
Agrapart stopped selling the fruit from the family farm to the big houses and began making wine on his own. Since then
the estate has been expanded and handed down through the generations to the current owners Natalie and Pascal
Agrapart. Though just 9.75 ha (24 acres) in size, this land is spread over 62 plots of some of the finest terroirs in
Champagne. The winery itself is located in Avize, but the plots of land are spread primarily over the Grand Crus of Avize,
Oger, Cramant and Oiry.

THE PARTICULARS: Organic farming of vines that average 50 years in age, hand harvesting, tilling mostly by horse and
plow, fermentations with native yeasts, complete malolactic fermentations, aging in oak barrels and much longer than
normal aging on the lees. They also do not disgorge until 60 days before the wine is to be sold, thus ensuring freshness
along with complexity and structure.

NV Champagne Les 7 Crus Blanc de Blancs $28.66 wholesale $42.99 retail
Representative of the 7 terroirs Natalie and Pascal work with, 60% of this wine is from the Grand Crus of Avize, Oger,
Cramant and Oiry. Half from the 2007 vintage and half 2006, the wine undergoes a complete ML and is aged in a
combination of oak barrels and stainless steel tanks before secondary fermentation. The wine is then aged a full three
years on the lees before disgorgement. Only 8 grams/ liter dosage with minimal sulfur addition.

“The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs 7 Crus is absolutely beautiful. This is a touch darker than past releases, with hints of
hazelnut and spice that add baritone‐like layers of complexity to the fruit.” 90 points, The Wine Advocate
NV Champagne Terroirs Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru $36.66 wholesale $54.99 retail

Sourced from some of the best vineyards within the Grand Crus of Avize, Oger, Cramant and Oiry. Half 2006 and half
2005 which were both excellent vintages in Champagne! The wine is aged in oak and stainless steel for almost a year
before secondary fermentation, and then the wine spends a full four years on the lees. Disgorgement only happens
when we order, so that the wine remains as fresh as possible when we are ready to pick up. Only 4 grams/ liter dosage,
so this qualifies as an Extra‐Brut, but with such quality fruit and ripeness the wine remains lush and balanced.

“The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Terroirs exhibits a more pointed and focused interpretation of Chardonnay than
the 7 Crus. Energy, vibrancy and superb delineation are the hallmarks of this delicious Champagne.”
90 points, The Wine Advocate, Issue #192Grower Producer Champagne from

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