Disgorged March 2019. The Agrapart range begins with a non-vintage wine called 7 Crus which we have only started shipping in recent years. The name refers to the seven Côte des Blancs villages from which it derives: Avize (younger vines, 20-40 years), Cramant, Oger, Oiry, Avenay-Val-d’Or, Bergères-les-Vertus and Mardeuil. Like all Agrapart wines, the fruit is 100% from vineyards that are Estate-owned and farmed. 7 Crus is a blend of two different harvests; in this case 60% 2015 from Premier Cru sites and 40% 2014 from Grand Cru sites (this reserve wine is raised in neutral, 600-litre oak casks). The breakdown is 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir (it’s the only cuvée in the range that isn’t 100% Chardonnay). Even at this first level, the wine is aged for three years on lees and is then disgorged with 6 or 7 g/L dosage. It is therefore the most immediately seductive cuvée in the Agrapart range, yet it is still extremely fine and deep as the note below suggests. This blend is the same wine offered last year, with an extra 12 months on lees. Sadly we do not get nearly enough.
“Agrapart’s NV Brut 7 Crus is simply gorgeous. Rich, creamy and inviting, the 7 Crus hits all the right notes. The 7 Crus doesn’t quite have the focus or energy of the top wines here, but it is incredibly delicious, approachable and relatively easy to find. This may very well be the finest release of the 7 Crus I have ever tasted since this cuvée debuted a few years ago. The 7 Crus is 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. This release is equal parts 2015 and 2014. Don’t miss it! Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: May 2018.” 93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2018