Les Vignes de Vrigny, 1er Cru, Brut, NV

  Egly Ouriet

Rich and toasty with a touch of Seville orange, then bright and chiselled on the palate. There’s power but also lovely freshness, breadth but also focus, with fine citrus, salt and crisp orange notes. From a single plot of old vines in the 1er Cru village of Vrigny, exclusively Pinot Meunier, with an assemblage of 2013 (50%), 2012 (30%) and 2011 (20%), raised in steel tanks. This bottling was disgorged in July 2017 after 36 months sur lie. Dosage: 4 grams per litre.

Contains Sulphites.

About Egly Ouriet

A class act. Top-drawer champagnes with a real cult following. These guys are old hands, one of the original grower champagne producers before anybody even talked about “grower champagnes”. The style is authentic above all, with minimal filtration, and shows off the outstanding terroirs they have in Ambonnay. They are iconoclastic, the most distinctive characteristic of which is their use of extended lees contact and barrel fermentation. The grapes are harvested ripe and dosage is low. These factors really brings out the richness of their Pinot Noirs, a luxury which they are afforded by the natural minerality and acidity they get from their terrific sites. These are outstanding champagnes and not to be missed.

Appellation: Champagne

Champagne is the world's original and most famous region for the production of sparkling wine. A range of styles are produced from the Non-Vintage, through Rose, Vintage and more recently a host of prestige, Vintage luxury cuvees. The three permitted grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Grape Type: Pinot Meunier

Not particularly well-known as a varietal, this relative of Burgundy's Pinot Noir is best known as the third main blending variety in Champagne, where it is more dependable than Pinot Noir because of its ability to ripen more easily. Used in standard non-vintage blends, it is generally thought to add suppleness and youthful fruit to the Champagne blend.