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Agrapart & Fils 'Terroirs' Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs

Disgorged May 2017. We have said it before, "Agrapart's Terroirs blows away the vast majority of the so-called prestige cuvées". Unlike most of those wines, Terroirs is produced from only great sites and is 100% grand cru. The fruit comes from four villages in the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oger, and Oiry. The vines average 40 years old, and Agrapart uses 50% reserve wine and 50% barrel for this cuvée. The current bottling hails from 2013 and 2012 and was bottled in May 2014.The wine spends up to 36 months on lees and dosage is limited to 5g/l. These standards (like the viticulture) are far higher than any prestige cuvées of the Grandes Marques, to give our claim some context, and it makes this wine an undeniable bargain. Emblematic of the lacy depth and purity that Pascal Agrapart channels into all his wines, it is a wonderfully textured, pulpy and vibrant study of Côtes des Blancs greatness. It is also unbelievably delicious. Disgorgement is carried out by hand and to order, roughly two months before collection. "Agrapart's NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Terroirs Grand Cru is deep, rich and vinous. The interplay of citrus-driven intensity and textural breadth is a marvel to watch. Scents of lemon confit, white flowers and mint build into the precise, exceptionally vibrant finish. The Terroirs is another absolutely compelling Champagne from Agrapart. Don't miss it. The current release is a blend of equal parts 2013 and 2012 done partly in cask and partly in steel. The low dosage of 5 grams per liter is well judged."

94 points, Antonio Galloni