Champagne Egly-Ouriet - Brut Tradition Grand Cru - NV - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
Based on the 2012 vintage (50%) and reserve wines from 2011, 2010 and 2009, the NV Brut Tradition Grand Cru (disgorged in January 2018, after 54 months on the lees) offers a very clear, fine and elegant bouquet with sweet cherry aromas, a kiss of oak and some oxidative notes. It's a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier, and 50% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. Bone dry, very fine and fresh on the palate, this is a pretty mineral, straight and linear Grand Cru with a long, intense, pretty aromatic as well as fresh and structured finish. However, this full-bodied wine never loses its finesse, elegance or purity. This wine accounts for 50% of the total production. Stephen Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
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.
Grapes: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Meunier
Terroir: A single, 40-year-old, south-facing vineyard in Vrigny
Ageing: 54 months
Total Production: 50,000 bottles