Disgorged March 2019. Minéral is blended from two adjacent vieilles vignes plots (50+ years old) of similar, chalky, Grand Cru soils on the border between Avize and Cramant. The fruit from Le Champ Boutons in Avize is fermented in tank, while the component from Bionnes in Cramant is vinified in 600-litre oak casks. Dosage is 3 g/L and the wine has spent some 70 months on lees. This is always the saltiest, racy, mineral wine in the Agrapart range and the 2012 is no exception. As you might expect from such a great vintage, this is a sensational Minéral and 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, November 2018