In a recent article in Wine-Searcher, Try wines from these up and coming producers to get ahead of the curve, Tim Atkin’s singled out Agrapart & Fils Champagne as of his 10 favourite under-valued producers:
Pascal Agrapart is one of the rising stars of the Côte des Blancs, making (mostly) bone-dry, oak-fermented Blanc de Blancs from old-vine chardonnay. Look out for their Les 7 Crus, a blend of grapes from all seven villages in which the family owns vines.
I first discovered Agrapart & Fils Champagne a couple of years ago at the Vintage Cellars annual Champagne Gala hosted by the Double Bay store to showcase their very best Champagnes.
The labels were quite whimsical by Champagne standards (they have since been updated and now have a more traditional look), and the wines were superb and quite different in character to anything else I tried that night.
Agrapart is an artisan or “grower” Champagne House with an average production of only 6,00 cases a year. Chardonnay comprises almost 95% of the estates 10 hectares of plantings, and the focus is very much on creating blended wines that highlight the important, if often subtle, differences in the terroir of the estate’s Côte de Blancs’ mainly grand crus holdings in Avize, Oger, Cramant and Oiry.
Agrapart also has the advantage of owning some of the oldest vines in Champagne. The average age of its chardonnay vines is 40 years, with some being more than 65 years old – an impressive statistic for Champagne and a significant advantage for encouraging terroir expression, as it gives the roots a chance to dig deep and draw out the mineral characters in the soils.
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