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Champagne Minéral Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru by Agrapart & Fils 2007

Champagne Minéral Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

by Agrapart & Fils 2007

Producer : Agrapart & Fils

Region : Champagne (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Tasting Notes

As usual for this bottling, originating with two neighboring 40-year-old parcels in Avize near the communal line with Cramant, and vinified roughly half-each in tank and cask, Agrapart's 2007 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Mineral is only coming onto the market this fall in France, and the bottle I tasted in June - with a written-over 2006 label - had been disgorged in January of this year solely for purposes of press tastings. Pleasantly piquant aromatic suggestions of sourdough yeasts, toasted buckwheat and lemon rind have their persistently stimulating counterpart on a strikingly delicate and nuanced palate, with stone, chalk, salt and smoke accenting fresh apple and winter pear. With time, a more caressing textural side emerged. The sense of salivary gland stimulation in the lingering finish is extremely active, and combined with tactile impingements of chalk, radish, lemon rind and active yeasts (figuratively speaking, of course). This is certainly less obviously multi-faceted and energetic than the corresponding "Terroirs" bottling, but utterly intriguing, impressively refined, and likely to merit at least a half dozen years of attention.

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Agrapart & Fils
Region Champagne (France), France (France)
Alcohol 12% alc. / vol.
Style Sparkling
Vintage 2007
Farming Method Organic, Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes Chardonnay
Price of Case $744.00

The Producer

Agrapart & Fils

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. His 10ha of vines lie largely in the grand cru villages of Avize, Cramant, Oiry and Oger, and while he’s not interested in being labelled organic or biodynamic, he works according to natural rhythms and sensibilities of the land, 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, 600-litre oak casks.
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