Brilliance in the Côte des Blancs - 2008 Agrapart Mineral Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Posted by Ian McFadden

Brilliance in the Côte des Blancs
2008 Agrapart Minéral Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Agrapart's Champagne's have been an obsession for us.

Judging by the response to our offer on '08 Minéral last August, many people share this with us. Taste Agrapart and you immediately understand why. Pascal and Fabrice Agrapart are masters of terroir.

When I was lucky enough to find a second parcel of Agrapart's Minéral, I jumped all over it. The fact that it's so sharply priced only sweetens things. In any vintage, Minéral is an absolutely brilliant bottle of Champagne. In 2008, it's simply stunning.

We had to allocate the August offer pretty severely, so this gives you a second (and likely last) chance to score a few bottles.

By all accounts, the 2008 vintage will go down (along with 2002) as the best of the decade. It's a high tension and pristine vintage with plenty of structure and, most important of all, balance.

The 2008 Minéral has laser-like focus and a gripping textural presence. This is one of the most refined wines to be found in the Côte des Blancs. The impression that it leaves you with is of an impeccable expression of terroir.

Minéral is sourced from two prime lieux-dits with 40-year-old vines that are on the hard, white chalk in Avize and Cramant. This cuvée lives up to its name, bursting with chalky minerality.

Agrapart's 2008 Minéral is one of the most exciting wines that we've tasted from the vintage so far. This is a wine that's never available in large quantities. We're really excited to have the opportunity to do a second offer. Our advice is to take advantage of this last chance to stock up.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine and Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2008 Agrapart Minéral Blancs de Blancs

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2008 Blanc de Blancs is a perfect example of how open and expressive Pascal Agrapart's 2008s are today. Creamy, ample and highly expressive, the 2008 is all about texture. Lightly honeyed notes, white flowers, almonds, and lemon peel are given an extra kick of energy on the finish, where the wine's underlying minerality and salinity add considerable raciness."