Pascal Agrapart Champagne: one of the finest houses
This wonderful house was founded at the end of the 19th century by Arthur Agrapart and significantly enlarged by his grandson Pierre Agrapart in the 50’s and 60’s to its current size of 12 hectares (approximately 29,6 acres), comprising 11,5 ha of Chardonnay and 0,5 ha of Pinot Noir in the heart of the Côte des Blancs.
The majority of their vines are Champagne Grand Cru, situated in the villages of Avize, Oger, Cramant, and Oiry while their First Growths plantings are in Avenay Val d’Or, Coligny and Vauciennes. The freshness, elegance and finesse of their wines is a pure expression of the chalk soils found in the Côte des Blancs and their mostly older vines, averaging around 40 years, some of which are over 65.
"Récoltant manipulant" (grapegrower/winemaker) Pascal Agrapart, who is the current director of Agrapart, shuns any dogmatism or labels in his agricultural practices which are primarily concerned with respecting the delicate balance of nature. He has enlarged the range of their wines by isolating certain parcels to give a larger voice to the diversity of what Champagne can offer: minerality, salinity and length. The wines, which see little to no dosage, are amongst the best of what the Champagne region can produce. The range begins with Agrapart "7 crus" (named after it's blend of vines found in 7 villages) and continues with Agrapart "Terroirs" (a blend of two vintages from four Grand Cru vineyard blocks) and Agrapart "Complantée" (a Grand Cru field blend in Avize of six varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier as well as Arbane, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc). The remainder of their range are all vintage Champagne wines, each offering a more affirmed personality: Agrapart "Minéral" (plantings on a thin layer of soil covering the chalk), Agrapart "Avizoise" (from deep clay), as well as their two top of the line cuvées, the delicately fruity Agrapart "Vénus" from a single vineyard of 60 ares in Avize called "Fosse aux Pourceaux" and the truly unique Agrapart "Expérience", produced with no external additives. All of the wines are carefully aged in oak barrels and most have an extraordinary aging capacity, easily developing over 8 to 10 years and beyond. Great vintages since the 1980's to be on the lookout for, not just at the Agrapart, but in Champagne in general: 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2015 et 2018. Agrapart Champagne wines profile has grown over the years as more and more amateurs have discovered their production, it’s safe to say the house is currently amongst the very finest of Champagne. Unfortunately, as with many grower houses, production is limited, hovering around 90,000 bottles a year.
You can find numerous Champagne wines and magnums from Maison Agrapart at Vins & Millésimes as well as other Champagne houses, such as Bollinger, Dom Perignon, Roederer or Charles Heidsieck, and also smaller producers of Champagne. All of our wines are always in stock and available for delivery.