NV Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru, Ambonnay, Champagne, France (750ml)

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From the importer: "Domaine Egly-Ouriet Champagne is sensual, unforgettable and highly sought after, a “cult” wine for Champagne lovers who crave the power and finesse of Pinot Noir-based wines. What you’ll find at this small family “grower” house is truly vinous Champagne, wines striking in their concentration and complexity.

There are winemakers who craft fine wine, and then there are artists who redefine the craft. When we witnessed the transition in the 1980s from Michael Egly to his son, Francis, it was clear that Francis wasn’t going to be satisfied with the Champagne status quo. He doesn’t consider his competition among the great Champagne houses, but instead among the legendary producers of Burgundy.

Egly’s practice of harvesting very ripe grapes and aging his wines in barrel for years longer than almost any other Champagne house are some of the practices that set his art apart from the rest; yet it is the results that captivate. Egly-Ouriet Champagne is age-worthy, sumptuous and at times surreal; these bottles are unquestionably the pinnacle of Pinot Noir-based Champagne.

This wine was previously Egly’s ‘Grand Cru Brut Tradition.’ The wine’s blend and aging practices remains the same."

BLEND: 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.

VINEYARDS: Estate vineyards (planted in the 1970s) are located in the villages of Ambonnay, Verzenay and Bouzy, villages located on the Montagne de Reims. Soils combine chalk and limestone.

AGE OF VINES: 40 years, on average.

WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in older French oak barrels. Aged in bottle for three years. Dosage 1 gram/L. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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