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[ALLOCATION] Champagne Egly-Ouriet - 'Millesime 2013' Grand Cru 2013

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Wine Region: Champagne - France

Grape: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay

Tasting notes: This is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay coming from Egly’s oldest vines in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay. The juice is both fermented and aged in barrel, some of which is new. The wine also ages on its lees for 96-100 months before release. Millesime means “vintage” and all this fruit comes from 2013. 

Expert Rating 

Francis Egly has produced another profound Champagne with the 2013 Brut Grand Cru Millésime. If the monumental 2008 stands out for its power, structure and intensity, the 2013 is distinguished by its harmony, finesse and completeness; both vintages are very great wines but thus quite different in style. Wafting from the glass with scents of Anjou pear, crisp yellow apple, freshly baked bread, clear honey, iodine and fresh mint, it's full-bodied, ample and pillowy, with a layered, concentrated and effortlessly balanced core of fruit, uniting precision and sensuality to compelling effect. Girdled by racy acids and animated by a delicate pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a long, penetrating finish. Is this the most elegant wine Egly has produced to date? It's certainly among the most compelling that this high quality but initially underrated Champagne vintage has delivered. 100 Pts. Wine Advocate, August 2022  

About the Winery: Francis Egly's champagnes impress with the exceptional quality of their base wines. They are powerful, terroir-expressive sparkling wines that are mainly based on Pinot Noir. Given that the Domaine is one of the most renowned producers of winemaking champagne today, it has not been in this business that long. Before Francis Egly took over the helm in 1982, most of the grapes were sold to negociants.

The charismatic and strong-willed winemaker changed this almost immediately and fundamentally, so that he was quickly mentioned in the same breath as Anselme Selosse and still is when the most formative figures of the champagne winemaking movement are mentioned.

Of the 12 hectares on the estate, eight are in Ambonnay and the rest in Bouzy, Verzenay and Vrigny. The 2 hectares in Vrigny are planted with Pinot Meunier, the rest 70% with Pinot Noir and 30% with Chardonnay. The age of the vines goes back to 1947.

Francis Egly spends most of his work in the vineyard and is an advocate of very ripe grape material and the associated late harvest. In the cellar, he mostly uses used oak barrels for his base wines (for a maximum of 8 months), which he sources in Burgundy. Egly is convinced that wood gives his champagnes more structure, complexity, terroir expression and storage potential. He also loves to develop individual parcels separately. Only natural yeasts are used, it is neither fined nor filtered and - depending on their nature - the wines go through malolactic fermentation or not.

After the tirage, the champagnes spend a long time on the lees: Brut Tradition and Vignes de Vrigny for at least 3 years, the other cuvées even longer. Egly recently introduced temperature control in all of his cellars, which he sees as helping to reduce the amount of sulfur that needs to be added.

In addition to its sparkling wines, which are sought after worldwide and are always highly praised by the guild of critics, the House of Egly-Ouriet also prepares the still largely undisputed most elegant and most complete still wines (Coteaux Champenois) in all of Champagne. These are extremely profound Pinot Noirs of Burgundian format, which ripen excellently, but are usually difficult to obtain due to the small quantities.

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