Agrapart & Fils Les 7 Crus Brut, Champagne, France, NV
With the possible exception of Jacques Selosse, Agrapart et Fils are generally considered to be the best producer in the Cotes des Blancs. Although not officially certified, Agrapart farm biodynamically and use horses to plough the majority of their vineyards, some of which unusually are planted with the lesser know white grapes of Champagne - Pinot Gris, Petit Meslier, Arbanne and Pinot Blanc. As a result Agrapart is a member of the Terres eat Vins de Champagne, a group of grower-estates who want to showcase their terroir driven, conscientiously farmed wines. The wines themselves are all fermented with natural yeast, the best of which are subsequently aged in 600 litre oak casks.
The 7 Crus is sourced from 7 villages within the Cote des Blancs and is made from 90% Chardonnay / 10% Pinot Noir grapes. On the nose the wine offers aromas of elderflower and apple which is complemented on the palate by the classic chalky minerality so heavily associated with the terroir of the Cote des Blancs.
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