Disgorged March 2018. 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 vineyards and 40% 2014 from Grand Cru sites (this reserve wine is raised in neutral, 600-litre oak casks). The breakdown is 90% Chardonnay 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 7 g/L dosage. It is the most immediately seductive cuvée in the Agrapart range as you might expect, yet it is still extremely fine and deep as the note below suggests. Sadly we do not get nearly enough.
“Agrapart’s NV Brut Blanc de Blancs 7 Crus 1er Cru is surprisingly open in this release, most likely a reflection of the 50% 2015 juice in the blend. Resonant, expressive and giving, the 7 Crus will be very easy to drink young. Lemon peel, flowers and chamomile flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine’s ripe personality and suppleness that stand out most. What a pretty wine this is. I don’t remember the 7 Crus ever being this radiant, even after the 10% Pinot was added to the blend a few years ago. Dosage is 7 grams per liter.” 91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous