Disg. August 2020.
Minéral is blended from two adjacent vieilles vignes plots (50-plus years old) on the border between Avize and Cramant, where the vine roots plunge straight into the chalky bedrock. The fruit from Le Champ Bouton in Avize was fermented in tank, while the component from Bionnes in Cramant was vinified in 600-litre oak casks. The wine spent some 72-plus months on lees and was dosed at three grams per litre.
This is always the saltiest, raciest, most mineral wine in the Agrapart range and the 2014 is no exception. As you might expect from a solid vintage, this is a sensational Minéral and fans of this wine should not hesitate. Stylistically it’s very, very fine, even reminding me of a young Terre de Vertus at times, yet as it opens, there is more richness showing through, with a wonderful line of salty nectarine and citrus fruit, and a long, linear close. Brilliant now, with a few years on cork it will be even greater.
“The 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Minéral is a powerful, intense Champagne that captures all of the natural power of these old vines in Avize and Cramant. Aptly named, the Minéral is infused with tremendous mineral and soil inflections that give a real feeling of gravitas. Crushed rocks, slate, chalk and citrus accents are some of the many nuances that emerge with a bit of time in the glass. This release is fabulous. It is also a reticent wine, though, so at least a year or two in bottle will help soften.” 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous,