2013 L'Avizoise Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs, Agrapart & Fils

100% Chardonnay. Agrapart have earned many plaudits for their stunning Blanc de Blancs Champagnes. William Kelley of The WIne Advocate recently wrote, "Pascal Agrapart is one of the Côte de Blancs's finest vignerons, and I have long admired the chiseled but powerful wines he produces." He farms 12 hectares of vines, over half of which are within the grand cru village of Avize. His wines have a vinous character, and a wonderful ability to age. Prices look set to rise for the Agrapart wines, and demand is far outstripping supply, so get them whilst you can. This rare and in-demand Champagne comes from 50 year old vines grown in the lieux-dits of Les Robarts and La Voie d’Epernay in Avize. Aged solely in demi-muids before a minimum of 5 years ageing in bottle under cork (rather than crown cap). This is a rich, dense, complex wine. Dosage of 5 g/l.

Critic score
94/100
Pricing
Bottle
4 available
£122.23

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Champagne, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2038
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Sparkling
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12%
  • Organic
    Bio-Dynamic
2013 L'Avizoise Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs, Agrapart & Fils

TASTING NOTES

All of the natural power and breath of Avize come through in the 2013 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru L’Avizoise. Graphite, crushed rocks and dried flowers are woven throughout a core of rich, super-expressive Chardonnay fruit. The 2013 is ample, savory and intensely mineral, but it will be even better in another few years, once all the elements have time to fully meld together. The 2013 is such a gorgeous and expressive Champagne. These 50+ year-old vines in the Les Robards and La Voie d’Epernay confer real depth and pedigree. Dosage: 5 gr/L. Disgorged: May, 2019.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (December 2019)
94/100