This is Egly’s treasure, with over 40 months on lees and 100% take-made, micro-dosage. There’s no better expression of this remarkable terroir, with its lively perfume of clementine zest and lemon ice. The palate is elegant, super fine and balanced with a saltiness that sticks to the lips and a precise unfurling of white flowers, caramel and almonds. Unforgettable!
PRE-SALE ITEM: Wine ships in late February 2021
Along with the likes of Selosse, Bouchard, and Vilmart, Egly-Ouriet of Ambonnay is a cult among cults in Champagne. There’s a reason that legions of Champagne enthusiasts have beat a path to Francis Egly’s door over the last 20 years. In a region with scandalously high yields, Egly prunes for very low yields. Where some neighbors pick at the minimum brix, Egly picks at the limit of ripeness. And because he's making ripe wines, he uses little or no dosage. Today Egly is acknowledged as the finest grower in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, with an average vine age of 45 years. Pinot-dominated Champagnes simply don’t get much better, or much rarer. Just ask Swedish Champagne authority Richard Juhlin: “Egly is probably the foremost grower of Pinot Noir in the entire Champagne region nowadays. His much sought-after Blanc de Noirs Vielles Vignes comes from grapes from Pinot vines grown in 1946. They give this wine extra weight and density. The fruitiness is massive and soft, and the potential for maturation is enormous. He succeeds better and better for each issue. Nowadays this is a Selosse-like, exotic, oaky and biodynamically influenced giant among champagnes. The taste layers are fantastically generous and many-headed.”
Based on 2005 (60%) and 2004 (40%), the NV Grand Cru V P Extra- Brut (Viellissement Prolongé) is an assemblage of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, which was bottled in 2008 and disgorged after 72 months in July 2012. Golden-yellow in color, this wine opens clear, deep, ripe, concentrated and very fine on the nose displaying caramel and brioche aromas along with ripe peach, red paprika, red berry and rhubarb flavors, notes of black bread and a refreshing dash of lime juice. The attack on the palate is highly elegant, super fine and balanced again. This full-bodied yet pure and precise Champagne from the grands crus of Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay reveals a nobly elegant, harmonious, fruit intense and almost sweetish texture as well as a long, very fine and fresh finish with a lingering and stimulating salinity.