Unlike many other Brut Champagnes, this fizz is made exclusively from Grand Cru fruit which is wild fermented and aged for 48 months on its lees. The blend is roughly 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, from 90% Ambonnay Grand Cru, 10% Bouzy Grand Cru and Verzenay Grand Cru.Vintages: 2014 (50%), 2013 (20%), 2012 (20%) & 2011 (10%), Bottling: 2014, Disgorgement: July 2019. The Brut Tradition Grand Cru displays rich aromas of Mirabelle plums and dried white flower fragrances, as well as a mouthwatering rock salt minerality. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with a vibrant acidity and layers of flavour that will develop beautifully with further bottle ageing.
Pair with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or roast quail.
Varietal / Blend: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
Decant: Not necessary
Farming Practices: Biodynamic
Run by Francis Egly, this producer has become a cult Champagne for devotees around the world. This is the reward for very hard work in the vineyards and meticulous attention to detail. Egly-Ouriet is in Ambonnay, with vineyards also in Bouzy and Verzenay. They also own a remarkable plot of old vine Pinot Meunier at Vrigny, which is vinified separately. Apart from Vrigny, these are all 100 per cent Grand Cru, Pinot Noir areas. As such, the wines are Pinot dominant, rich and powerful with deep colours, hedonistic aromas and explosive, layered personalities in the mouth. The Egly family was one of the very few growers in Champagne who always refused to use gadoux (ground city rubbish) as fertiliser on their precious vineyards. The brilliant Egly vineyards (Grand Cru & Pinot Noir dominant), the natural viticulture and low yields and the high percentage of reserve wine used, are the main reasons why the Egly-Ouriet wines taste so different - so fruit-pure, intense, rich and complex. If you have never tasted the wines of this producer, be prepared for wines that have nothing to do with traditional Champagne styles.