Pascal Agrapart operates the most sought-after Champagne in Roanoke Valley Wine Company’s portfolio. Like all the others from this region, we represent them directly, and it allows for a top-grade Champagne at a very reasonable price.
The winery is perhaps the most organically focused of our Champagne houses. It is a recoltant-manipulant under law (RM), or Grower Champagne producer. Located in the Cotes des Blancs village of Avize, it has 50 individual plots, almost all Grand Cru, almost all Chardonnay, from Avize, Oger, Cramant and Oiry. The vines average 40-45 years with some as old as 70.
The Cotes des Blancs is the most famous area for Grand Cru Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay. Our other producers from this strip of limestone include Chapuy and Voirin-Jumel. Limestone soils are what give these wines the finesse and elegance for which they are famous.
Pascal has a passion as a “terroirist”, trying to bring the sense of place into his wines. All of the work is done naturally, much in the way wineries that are certified biodynamic do. He does all indigenous (wild yeast) fermentations and the wines are aged for a considerable time in oak barrels before they go through the final fermentation.
Several bottlings are made, and we buy everything that is offered to us. The bottlings most commonly allocated are, in descending order, 7 Cru, Terroirs, and Mineral. 7 Cru is a blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, some 1er Cru and some Grand Cru. The Terroirs bottling is 100% Chardonnay and from 100% Grand Cru vineyards. Mineral is the most sought-after for its elegance, precision and refinement and is made from a selection of grapes picked from the top of the Avize hill, where the soil has more limestone. There are two other bottlings that reflect soil conditions at the middle and lower sections, with the wines becoming more powerful as the soil increases in clay content.