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Champagne Egly-Ouriet - Grand Cru NV

Champagne Egly-Ouriet - Grand Cru NV

Regular price $260.00
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An excellent Champagne. Full bodied with ripe fruit balanced by racy acidity. Notes of ripe stone fruit, lemons and fresh baked bread. Finishes chalk and honey. So good.


Region: Champagne / France

Grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay

Champagne Madness: Vintages: 2017 (50%), 2016 (30%), 2015 (20%). Bottling: 2018. Disgorgement: July 2022. Time on lees: 48 months


Yet another striking release of this wine, this is, as always, made exclusively from Grand Cru vines predominantly in Ambonnay, but also Bouzy and Verzenay. Again, as always, it’s 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from low-yielding, perfectly tended vines and from grapes that have been harvested fully ripe. The old cliché—Egly starts harvesting when everyone else has finished—still holds true. Natural fermentation was with wild yeasts only and the first period of maturation (before going to bottle) lasted almost one year, with the wine remaining on its fine lees for the whole time. Over 50% of the wine was fermented and aged in oak casks. The wine clarifies slowly and naturally—as was once typical across the region—and as such there was no fining nor filtration. The dosage was at two grams per litre, so extra-brut territory.

Although this has just landed (and is therefore still tightly wound), it already offers waves of golden Pinot fruit and a dry, extract-rich, tonic close that’s nutty and saline. Super long, it’s a terrific food wine and will gain more and more depth over the next three-twelve months.

As we’ve said many times, even with this wine we are already soaring to remarkable heights of quality. If Egly made only this Brut, he would still be one of the superstars of the region. Yes, the price has risen over the years, but by today’s standards, it remains fairly priced. To put things bluntly, it’s a wine that puts to shame many a prestige cuvée at considerably higher prices.

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