Agrapart & Fils Terroirs Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne Grand Cru
Unlike most so-called prestige cuvées, 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 of age, and Agrapart uses between 50-60% reserve wine. After a natural fermentation, half of the wine is matured in large format, neutral oak and then spends up to 48 months on lees. Dosage is limited to 5g/l and disgorgement is carried out by hand.
A plentiful mousse sits comfortably over a pale straw coloured base that has pale gold edges and is finely threaded by a delicate bead that shows great persistence as it rises to the surface. The nose exemplifies a classic Champagne sniff featuring rich, toasty notes of oily baked bread, yeast lees, honeyed cashew, roast almonds and hints of citrus. Remarkably fresh and possessing an elegant creaminess, mouthfilling toasty baked bread, yeast lees and citrus flavours show great richness over a back drop of light oily characters, traces of honeyed cashew and roasted almonds. Dry crisp finish with a long oily toast, baked bread, yeast lees, citrus and roasted almond aftertaste.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Disgorged March 2019. Pours with a frothy white mousse that shows good buoyancy. Pale straw with tinges of pale gold to the base wine colour. Very fine bead showing excellent persistence. Lifted aromatics with pear well meshed to yeast lees and toast followed by refined cashew and citrus scents. The palate combines fresh citrus flavours with well integrated yeast lees and toasted brioche characters over light cashew and mineral. Dry crisp finish with a sense of creaminess to the mid palate. Full yet with good tension and length concluding with a long citrusy baked bread, yeast lees, light toast and cashew aftertaste.
Cellar 5-6 years.