Agrapart Champagne Grand Cru Vénus Brut Nature
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|The prestige cuvée from Agrapart|
|100% chardonnay from the calcareous La Fosse vineyard|
|Named after Vénus, the horse that plowed the vineyard|
|Brut naturally, so without extra sugar|
100% Chardonnay from La Fosse
Pure, intense, complex Champagne. In the scent, the wine is reminiscent of a beautiful white Burgundy: ripe citrus fruit, creaminess, a bit of toast and salty minerality. The taste of this Champagne is also very vinous and refined. Intense, complex, round, rich and salty, with a perfect balance and delicate mousse. Beautiful dry finish that lasts for minutes.
Although Agrapart is neither certified organic nor biodynamically, the domain applies many of the principles from this angle. Pascal is convinced that the focus of the work on the domain should not so much lie with the work in the cellar (here, work is done as minimalist as possible) as with the work in the vineyards. After all, good quality wine comes from healthy grapes. This means that in this case work is done without pesticides, that compost is used to promote soil life and that the soil is regularly plowed by humans and horses.
The horse that has performed this task for years is Vénus. Although now deceased, she has given her name to the prestige cuvée of the domain. The grapes for this champagne come exclusively from the La Fosse vineyard, which has always been processed by Vénus. The vineyard is located in grand cru Avize and planted in 1959. The soil consists of clay and limestone layers. After harvest, the chardonnay ferments and ripens in wooden barrels. After the second fermentation in the bottle, the Champagne rests on the yeasts for another five years. This treatment gives the Champagne an impressive balance between richness and finesse and an enormous complexity. Because no sugar has been added after dégorgement (hence brut nature), the Vénus has a beautifully toasty, very mineral, even slightly smoky character.
With its purity, complexity and elusive combination of lightness and weightiness, Vénus is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Champagnes the region produces. We advise you to decant the wine carefully to make the most of this Burgundy-style Champagne.
|What do we think?:||Gerrit: The Vénus is the best Brut Nature I can imagine. The taste is fresh, yet complex. It is the Champagne for great events.|
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