Producteur de qualité exceptionnelle Les Meilleurs Vins de France 2021, La Revue du Vin de France. (The same rating granted to Selosse, Egly-Ouriet and Krug).
“Pascal Agrapart embodies the best of the artisan tradition in Champagne, and his wines show it.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
“Agrapart’s wines are of uniformly excellent quality, with a naturally vibrant and vinous character that makes them feel grown rather than made.” Peter Liem, champagneguide.net.
“…this is a model source of fine-drawn Champagnes … Because there are no large marketing budgets to factor in, these are also some of the best value wines in Champagne.” Michael Edwards, The Finest Wines of Champagne.
This is a gorgeous set of new releases from Pascal Agrapart. It’s tempting to focus on the top wines, and why not? They are terrific. Specifically, the three 2014s – the Minéral, Avizoise and Vénus – show how well this vintage has developed since its early days. The flagship wines are done in neutral oak, which imparts a touch of volume, but is otherwise not intrusive. Dosage is on the low side, and what really comes through is the essence of each site. For readers who want to discover what the Côte des Blancs is all about, I can’t think of a better place to start than here. Antonio Galloni
I think the Galloni note above sums things up quite nicely. Pascal Agrapart is without doubt one of Champagne’s greatest growers and his 2014 releases carry the Domaine’s trademark texture, intense minerality and earth-to-glass transparency. They are so rich in vinous character, so beautifully layered; they tell us everything we need to know about why the Côte des Blancs is such a hallowed area.
Starting at the beginning, the three blended cuvees—Terroirs, 7 Crus and Complantée—are staggeringly delicious. Agrapart’s emblematic Terroirs has never been in better form. The incremental increase of reserve wines in the blend has taken this already striking wine to a new level of depth and complexity. Obviously, this progression is increasingly reflected in the tariff, although in the context of prestige cuvées, this wine remains a bargain.
In terms of the top, terroir-specific cuvées, there is no hiding from the fact that these prices have also risen in recent years; a fact that simply reflects the quality, the work standards and the skyrocketing demand. What we can say definitively, is that the viticultural and winemaking standards on offer from this producer (to say nothing of the quality in the bottle), puts these wines at the very top of their genre and, in our opinion, far ahead of the prestige cuvées of the large houses. They are obviously far rarer as well (we only have tiny quantities of the top wines).
Put simply, these wines represent a remarkable line-up of Avize (with a little Cramant), all grown in historically important vineyards by a grower who has few equals in his region. They should be thought of as great grower wines first, and great Champagne second. Every wine on offer represents a memorable, emotion-inducing, delicious experience. That, we can guarantee… Importer Notes.
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