Tradition, Grand Cru, Brut, NV

  Egly Ouriet

Salty notes of hazelnut, cream and brown butter lead to a palate that is long and clear with tremendous concentration – red fruits, chalk and stones, a touch of smoke and then citrus and brioche, both the Pinot and Chardonnay elements showing good strong voices. The longer this sits in the glass, the more refined and mineral it becomes. Delicious! 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, half fermented in oak casks, given an elevage of one year on the fine lees before bottling without fining or filtration. Base 2012 (50%), with 2011 (30%) and 2010 (20%), disgorged in 2017 after 48 months sur-lie. Dosage: 2 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: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.