Fresh croissant, lemon pith, chalk and red currants all come together in this powerful, dense and stony NV from Francis Egly. Broad and vinous it demands attention as it imprints the palate with flavours of biscuit and toast alongside fresh fig and citrus essential oils. Mineral, serious and almost chewy; a Brut tradition of stature and substance. 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 2011 (50%), with 2010 (30%) and 2009 (20%), disgorged in September 2016 after 48 months sur-lie. Dosage: 4-5 grams per litre.
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.
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.