Founded in 1894 by Arthur Agrapart, this outstanding estate in Avize acquired much of its present vineyardland during the 1950s and ’60s, thanks to Arthur’s grandson Pierre. Since 1984 it has been run by Pascal Agrapart and his brother Fabrice, who have taken the domaine to ever-greater heights, emphasizing natural viticulture and the expression of terroir. The Agraparts’ vineyards are spread over 62 parcels, the majority of which lie in the grand cru villages of Avize, Cramant, Oiry and Oger. Average vine age is about 35 years, with the oldest vines in Avize over 60years.
“There is an uncanny combination here of overt density and near-thickness of texture with levity and energy. The primary fruit character seems deceptively simple fresh apple. But there are piquant, sprout-like nutty and vegetal impingements serving for invigoration, and a saturation of maritime salinity and alkalinity with sourdough yeastiness, toasted grain and hickory leaves me salivating uncontrollably and chewing the air as these flavors go on and on. ” 93/100 eRobertParker.com