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Agrapart Champagne Terroirs Blanc de Blancs NV (Disg Oct 2020)

Agrapart Champagne Terroirs Blanc de Blancs NV (Disg Oct 2020)

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Tasting Notes

Disgorged October 2020. Despite being one of the entry wines in the range, Terroirs is already one of Champagne’s most compelling Blanc de Blancs. It is 100% Grand Cru with the fruit coming from only great sites across four villages in the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oger and Oiry. Together with the terroir, the vine age is a key factor in the quality on offer (an average age of over 40 years).

This release is a blend of 2016 and 2015, with the reserve wine making up a significant 60% of the blend. After a natural fermentation, half the wine matured in large format, neutral oak and then spent up to 48 months on lees. Dosage was limited to five grams per litre and disgorgement carried out by hand in October 2020.

These winemaking standards, combined with the organic viticulture, reach benchmarks that are far higher than any Grande Marque prestige cuvée we know of. This is a brilliant Terroirs. It offers the classic Agrapart pillowy texture, with ripe nectarine, yellow peach and earthy fruit notes and an arrow-straight spine of saline minerality. A pulpy and vibrant study of Côte des Blancs greatness that’s utterly delicious. - Importer Note

An increased focus on the environment and an awareness of sustainable agriculture have given rise to a huge increase in organic viticulture. This is an exciting area of growth in the world of wine, and if done right, one that leads to better wines, healthier vines and soils, and less stress on the earth.

But what makes a wine organic?

Organic wine refers to a method of farming, rather than winemaking. It all starts in the vineyard, where vignerons and viticulturalists no longer use synthetic or systemic pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers. Instead they opt for organic compounds such as copper and sulfur, which can help reduce he pressure of disease and pests. This results in much better vine and soil health, with no unwanted chemicals leeching into local rivers and waterways through run-off.

Organic farming is not to be confused with Biodynamic farming which, although similar, is a different approach and requires many more specific practices. These practices such as specific soil preparations, and lunar-cycle harvesting are not necessary to achieve an organic system.

It is important to note that organic wines can still have sulphur dioxide added to them. Sulphur is an organic compound, and therefore winemakers are free to add it to their wines, and still achieve organic certification. Winemakers will often add sulphur to help stabilise the wine and protect it from oxygen come bottling time. The wine will still be completely organic, assuming the proper farming practices have been adhered to.

Product Type Wine Sparkling Champagne
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Champagne
Sub Region Avize
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic