Champagne Agrapart, Avize

Categories: ,

Founded in 1884, Agrapart has been at the forefront of the quality-over-commercial movement in Champagne since the 1950s. The domaine now spans over 9 hectares, all in the Côte des Blancs, principally around Avize, where the winery is located. The estate is traditional to the core: the vineyards are plowed by draft horse, picked by hand, 100% native fermentations by parcel, and aging in neutral oak barrels on the lees. Being in the Côte des Blancs, the principal varietal is Chardonnay, but the Agrapart brothers also grow plots of Pinots Noir, Meunier, and Blanc, and even Petit Meslier. Across their holdings the average vine age is more than 35 years, with a substantial portion being more than 60 years of age. Total annual production is 5,400 cases or fewer.