Disgorged March 2019. Minéral is blended from two adjacent Grand Cru vieilles vignes plots (50-plus years old) of similar chalky soils on the border between Avize and Cramant. The fruit from Le Champbouton in Avize is fermented in tank, while the component from Bionnes in Cramant is vinified in 600-litre oak casks. The wine has spent some 70 months on lees, and dosage is 3 g/L.
This is always the saltiest, most racy and mineral wine in the Agrapart range and the 2012 is simply a blinder, as you might expect from such a great vintage. Fans of this wine should not hesitate. In a few years, with time on cork, it will be even greater.
“The 2012 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Minéral is superb. Powerful and ample in the glass, the Minéral is both broad on the palate and also somehow incredibly refined in feel, an appealing combination to be sure. There is so much to admire in the 2012, including its exceptional sense of total harmony. Dried flowers, almond, mint and dried apricot are all nicely layered in the glass, but again, it is the wine’s poise that is truly mesmerizing. The Minéral is a blend of old-vine fruit taken from sites in Avize (Les Champboutons) and Cramant (Les Bionnes).” 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“Disgorged in April 2019 with three grams per liter dosage, the 2012 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut Minéral is showing brilliantly, bursting from the glass with aromas of ripe citrus fruit, warm bread, green apples and crushed chalk. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, chiseled and incisive, with a tensile, chalky core that displays considerable concentration and structuring dry extract, as well as a racy spine of acidity. This comes warmly recommended.” 95 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate