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Producer: Domaine Agrapart & Fils, Avize
Region: Champagne
Wine: 2010 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Brut Nature Vénus

Several years back Pascal Agrapart surprised those of us who know him well by announcing his purchase of a beautiful work horse named Vénus. Evidently after visiting Didier Dagueneau some time before a light went on telling him what his next project would be. Remembering that his parents' home across the road from the winery still possessed the stables where work horses had been kept before the arrival of the tractor in the vineyards, he proceeded to fill them. He became obsessed with re-introducing the horse to working his vineyards. He knew just the plot. A Grand Cru vineyard not far from the house where the slope was not too steep was just what the doctor ordered. It has been farmed organically and the heaviest thing to trod through the rows during the last few years is Vénus. The results thus far are spectacular. Yields are kept very low and the grape must is fermented and aged in demi-muid barrels (from Pouilly). The resulting wine is disgorged after 4 years on its lees without added sugar, hence the designation "Brut Nature".

Intense mineral, but beautiful richness and vinous texture. Notes of apple & pear introduce an incredibly dense, tense wine with great length and breed.

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