Pascal Agrapart is to Avize what Champagne Pierre Péters is to Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Here, Avize is the personification of summer to Mesnil's winter, although we're still on the chalky slopes that define the Côtes des Blancs. In the epicenter of Chardonnay royalty, Agrapart's Avize champagnes show an amplitude and breadth that's completely juxtaposed with Mesnil's austerity.

But, make no mistake about it, these extra brut and brut nature wines are defined the very most by their taut and energetic personalities, ones that match magically with Avize's more charming and generous demeanor. The greatest thing I can say about Pascal's wines is that they truly beg to be drunk. They provide never-ending fascination, wild development in glass with air, and they offer a quenching characteristic that just fulfills summertime needs every time.

Today, after an in depth tour with Pascal, I'm very happy to offer a deep range of wines from this historic grower-producer.


Agrapart farms 10 hectares covering 60 different parcels, all located in Grand Cru villages, but Avize is the source of his Tête de Cuvées. Wines here commonly go through full malolactic, and elévage takes place in both older oak barrels as well as stainless steel.

Terroirs is comprised of Chardonnay sourced from Grand Cru villages, Avize, Oger, Cramant, and Oiry. A blend of two consecutive vintages, with the older vintage being aged exclusively in neutral oak barrels. A NV Blanc de Blancs that is the first I reach for alongside Pierre Péters'. In fact, last month I brought magnums of both to a dear friend's wedding. The side-by-side comparison was simply awesome.

Minéral is sourced from extremely chalky soils in Avize (Les Champboutons) and Cramant (Les Bionnes). Pascal imagined Chablis would be a village that would most closely match with the personality of Minéral. Laser-focused, and finishes with a deep salty impression of white fruits.

Complantée is co-planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Arbane, and Petit Meslier. Although it may appear this mix of varieties would define the wine, it's the unique parcel's terroir with its mix of chalk and clay throughout that's ultimately the unique component. Like Terroirs, this contains two consecutive vintages blended.

Avizoize is sourced from an upper hillside in Avize containing old vines. The soil here sees much more clay than Minéral, so it has a fuller texture and sense of gravitas, but the chalky bedrock still ultimately informs the backbone of the wine. Fully chiseled, with some up-front deep, textural impact and then firms up and gets surprisingly linear on the finish. Very long.

Venus, named after Pascal's horse who works this vineyard, is a single vineyard that takes us back to a more linear style along the lines of Minéral. But, the clay composition here brings a power and drive that's simply quintessential Avize Grand Cru. Pascal called to mind Meursault when thinking about the style that comes from this site. This sees no dosage due to the perfectly ripe and satisfactory vin clair we tasted in barrel. In fact, a still Coteaux Champenois would be an ideal partnership with this site. We'll see if Pascal decides to toy with that idea. No hints...

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Agrapart "Terroirs" Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV
$60 per bottle.

Agrapart Terroirs Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne 1.5L
$171 per bottle.

Agrapart Terroirs Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne 3L 
$425 per bottle.

3x Agrapart Complantée Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne
$89 per bottle.

1x 2010 Agrapart Minéral Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne
$118 per bottle.

2x 2010 Agrapart Avizoise Blancs de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne
$149 per bottle.

1x 2010 Agrapart Vénus Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Champagne
$219 per bottle.

5x 2009 Agrapart Minéral Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne
$118 per bottle.

3x 2009 Agrapart Vénus Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Champagne
$212 per bottle.

1x 2008 Agrapart Minéral Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 
$109 per bottle.

4x 2008 Agrapart Minéral Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1.5L
$399 per bottle.

6x 2008 Agrapart Vénus Blanc De Blancs Brut Nature Champagne
$249 per bottle.

2x 2004 Agrapart l'Avizoise Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
$209 per bottle.

1x 2004 Agrapart Grand Cru Blancs de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne 
$319 per bottle.

1x 2002 Agrapart Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
$339 per bottle.