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Egly Ouriet Champagne Blanc de Noirs V V NV

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Vintages: 2011 (50%) and 2010 (50%).

The emblematic wine from Francis Egly and the one that first brought him international acclaim. It was Michel Bettane, the influential French critic, who encouraged Egly to bottle this single vineyard wine separately and the first vintage was in 1989. As you may be aware, this wine was once the product of a single vintage, but this is no longer the case. Egly has learnt through experience that he is able to express this magnificent terroir more completely when he blends two vintages together. This cuvée was bottled in 2012 after the base vintage had spent close to one year in cask. Then 50% of the blend came from 2010 reserve wines. All of the vinification and ageing was in barrique as always. Dosage is 4 g/L. The fruit comes from old vines in a single terroir known as Les Crayères. The vines here were planted in 1946, so are now over 70 years old. The soil is hardly 30 cm deep, then it’s chalk, hundreds of metres down – hence the name of the site (‘craie’ is French for ‘chalk’). The old vines are deeply rooted in this chalk subsoil, giving the wine its classic, mineral vibrancy, woven through the powerful, textured Pinot fruit. The concentration here is a product of the ripeness that both the site and its ancient vines naturally deliver. Les Crayères is situated mid-slope with a full south-facing exposure, not far from the estate’s cellars. The wine that results from all these factors is both a tribute to the greatest sites of Ambonnay and to the Egly-Ouriet Domaine. Houses that emphasise blending may consider a 100% old vine Ambonnay like this to be too rich. Egly gives it to you pure and powerful. It’s a unique wine, built for food and for ageing. Always better a year or two after landing, this is already drinking wonderfully well. Like all Egly Champagnes, it’s a wine first and a Champagne second. A unique expression of a singular terroir, and without doubt one of the greatest wines of the region.

“Dense, full-bodied and voluptuous, with all of the richness of the old-vine coming through, the Crayères is fabulous. Red cherry, Mirabelle plum, dried flowers and spice notes fill out the wine’s ample frame effortlessly. Ample and creamy on the palate, with soft curves, the Crayères, also has more than enough vibrancy to develop beautifully in bottle for many years to come. These old vines date back to 1946 and 1947 and confer notable gravitas. Disgorged December 2017. Dosage is 2 grams per liter.” 95 points, Antonio Galloni,, July 2018

“It epitomises the golden sunlight, glowing warmth and magnificent mineral expression of Egly-Ouriet. The mineral character of the site speaks articulately in softly salty tones that will stir the depths of your soul.” 97 points, Tyson Stelzer, Decanter Magazine, October 2015

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“Few producers can equal Francis Egly in skill and experience, and larger houses cannot hope to emulate the cultivation norms…” - Michel Bettane, The World's Greatest Wines.

“What Larmandier-Bernier achieves with Chardonnay, so Egly-Ouriet manages for Pinot Noir: wines of riveting purity and concentration.” - Andrew Jefford, The New France

“Egly-Ouriet is one of the reference-point growers in Champagne, with a deep selection of wines that offer remarkable transparency to site, vintage and variety ... These are among the most pure, unmanipulated Champagnes readers will come across, and the estate’s new releases are all highly recommended.” - Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Sparkling Champagne

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