Egly-Ouriet - Coteaux Champenois - Ambonnay - red - 2017 - 750 ml
It was right after the second World War that the Egly House was born, when Francis Egly’s Grandfather started in the wine business. Today, the vineyard covers about 17 hectares, eight of which are located in Ambonnay and the rest in Bouzy, Verzenay and Vrigny. Two thirds are planted of Pinot noir and the rest is shared between Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. The soil is clay-limestone and benefits from a south-east exposure. All the work is reasoned farming. Depending on the harvest’s and the wine’s characteristics, Francis Egly, the current owner, varies the barrels in which the wine is going to age. He believes in the importance of letting every terroir express itself, instead of following a steady recipe.
Of the 150,000 bottles produced every year, only 100,000 are sold, and the rest are kept as reserve—today Egly-Ouriet has no less than 700,000 bottles in reserve.
Tasting notes: Aromas of raspberries, minerals, wild owers, light spice. Silky yet weighty; texture reminds of Chambolle-Musigny. Flavors suggest red berries, light vanilla, minerals. Very long.
Winery: Domaine Egly-Ouriet
Winemaker: Francis Egly
Region: France, Champagne, Ambonnay, Coteaux Champenois AOC
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyards: Low-yielding estate vines, rated grand cru, are located in Ambonnay. Winemaker Francis Egly selects fruit from older vines mid-slope on a single parcel, which is shaped naturally like an amphitheater, and faces south. Soils combine chalk and limestone.
Age of vines: 50+ years
Winemaking: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels. Aged for 20 months in barrel, with 30% new wood; the rest one-year barrels. Bottled by hand, un ned and un ltered.
Pairing suggestions: Grilled red meat; re ned game dishes; aged French cheese