Disgorged June 2019. This comes from two, tiny, neighbouring Avize vineyards: Chemin de Plivot, planted in 1955, and Chemin de Flavigny, planted in 1960. Both sites are highly chalky with very little topsoil, and lie on the lower slopes of Avize, not far from Agrapart’s la Fosse vineyard, where his Venus cuvée is grown. The winemaking follows similar lines to their other cuvées, save for the use of smaller, neutral barrels for the fermentations—necessitated by the small-batch nature of this blend. The wine was rested on lees six years before being disgorged by hand with only two grams dosage per litre.
2012 is one of the greatest vintages of the modern era in Champagne and so you can expect something special here. It’s an intense, spicy, white peach and kernel-noted wine of brilliant intensity, purity and finesse, with a long, floral and salty close. It will be even better in six months to a year. Do not miss it either way. What about a pork chop, snapper, or a seafood tajine?
“The 2012 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Les Chemins d’Avize is another powerful, deep wine that needs time in the glass to be at its best. In fact, the 2012 was not really fully expressive until it had been opened for about 24 hours. There is an inherent depth to the 2012 that just needs time to emerge. With air, the 2012 is broad and expansive, with the layers of fruit intensity and tension that are such signatures of Pierre and Sophie Larmandier’s very best wines. What a gorgeous Champagne this is. Dosage is 2 grams per liter.” 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous