Appellation: non vintage brut extra
Terroir: Planted with those various varietals in 2003, it shows Avize terroir another way…The grapes are harvested, pressed and vinified together.
Average age of vines:
Composition: Composed of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier and Chardonnay from the Avize terroir.
Dosage: 3 g/L
Bottle size: 75 cl
This vintage is matured in oak barrels with no filtering A full malolactic fermentation. The Champagne was bottled in May 2017. Rested on the lees for 4 years and turned manually. Disgorgement 60 days before being commercialized. Dosage of liqueur limited to 5g of sugar/liter and the SO2 at 50mg/liter.
It comes from a single parcel in Avize that Agrapart co-planted (complantée) with six varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay as well as the “heirloom” Arbane and Petit Meslier varieties. All the fruit was hand harvested together, co-fermented and barrel aged before being put to bottle without filtration. Rested for just over two years on its lees, it was disgorged earlier this year and dosed with less than 5g/l. The vines are planted in the La Fosse vineyard. The name of the specific portion of vines is La Fosse à Bull. With this wine, Pascal Agrapart is delving into the past to try to understand what the ancient varieties and the ancient practice of co-plantation can bring to the table. The wine’s atypical savouriness and notes of nettle, crushed herbs and subtle spice may be unfamiliar in a Champagne context, yet the very precise finish and driving mineral crackle across the palate speak loudly of Avize. We’ll leave the final word(s) to Peter Liem: “While there are a number of champagnes being made from these varieties today, Agrapart’s is surely one of the finest.”