Agrapart

Founded in the Côtes des Blancs village of Avize in 1894, the small family-run estate has been led by Pascal Agrapart, fourth-generation vigneron and one of Champagne’s leading artisanal viticulturists, since 1984. Holding 70 plots over 12ha of vines mainly in the Grand Cru villages of Avize, Cramant, Oiry and Oger, Agrapart produces mostly Blanc de Blancs champagnes comprised of 100% Chardonnay. The vines are some of the oldest in the region (35–60+ years old) and yields are very low with yearly production limited to 6000 cases.

Pascal rejects prescribed systems and certification labels, instead observing lunar rhythms and adhering to natural winegrowing principles to ensure a sustainable ecosystem. Vineyards are managed organically and maintained through ploughing (some by traditional horse ploughing). Grapes are hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts, which Pascal believes is integral to terroir expression.

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It is through these attentive practices that Agrapart has produced exceptionally terroir-focused champagnes that truly emphasise their origins in unique vineyard soils. As a result, the House has earned three stars by the respected French wine publication, La Revue du Vin de France. This is the highest possible rating, which only nine Champagne Houses have been awarded to date.