Les Crayeres, Ambonnay, Grand Cru, Blanc de Noirs, Brut, NV

  Egly Ouriet

A truly remarkable cuvee that is for many the flagship in the Egly-Ourriet lineup. The 100% Pinot Noir grapes for this cuvee come from a single vineyard in Ambonnay called Les Crayeres with vines that were planted in 1947. Fermentation is done entirely in wooden barriques, while secondary ageing in bottle is now 72 months long. This bottling was disgorged in July 2015. A wonderfully rich red fruit nose allied to clear notes of toast, on the palate a background note of truffle, with up front golden mineral notes, salted honey and more of that wonderful red fruit, raspberry and red currant. Powerful, this has persistence is spades, but also very clear and articulate. As good as ever.

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.