There’s no doubt about it, Egly-Ouriet’s Champagnes are a class act. Established in 1930, the estate now spans 11.70 ha of top vineyards in Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzenay & Vrigny, though the heart of the operation undoubtedly lies in their impressive old vine Pinot Noir holdings in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay. For three generations the family have consistently refined their plantings through massale selection to create a rare treasure trove of old vine plots (40 years old on average!) populated with the region’s finest Pinot Noir clones. In the cellar Francis believes in vinification and elevage in barrel, no malolactic fermentation, and extended ageing sur lie. Dosage levels are kept low, generally between 2 and 5 grams. The cellars are exceptionally cool, by design, allowing Francis to stabilise his wines with the minimal sulphur necessary.
Today we are thrilled to release the 2016 disgorgements, featuring 2008 base cuvees of V.P. and Les Crayeres, alongside Brut Tradition from 2011/10/09 and a parcel of Vintage 2006 disgorged after a mere 106 months sur lie.
The style here is vinous, powerful, classical and pure. Intense bright fruit flavours speak of great ripeness while the winemaking techniques are all about precision and transparency, designed to allow the qualities of base wine to shine through. Francis Egly’s meticulous approach to winemaking is entirely deserving of the cult following his wines engender- quite simply Egly-Ouriet is one of the top addresses in all of Champagne.