Region: Champagne, France
Ageing Potential: 3-5 years
Perfect with: Rock Oysters
Why You’ll Love It?
Egly Ouriet is up there with the likes of Jacques Selosse when it comes to grower producers of Champagne. If Selosse were the king of chardonnay then think of Egly as the equivalent when it comes to pinot. Barrel aged with extended time on lees means you're an ultra complex champagne that will give most prestige champagnes double its price a good run.
Big fragrant nose filled with baked bread, yeasty notes, poached pears and apple crumble. Palate is intense with layers of apple, strawberry, brioche flavours and a long finish. Well sculpted structure and racy acidity means this will age well for medium - long term. But why wait when you can enjoy now!
70% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay from the ’12, ’11 and ’10 vintages, disgorged October ’17 after 51 months on lees. Fourth-generation vigneron, Francis Egly, assumed responsibility in ’82, deciding to bottle the production of 8300 dozen from the 12ha estate. His determination to make only the best quality champagne means he now sells on allocation. This wine is supremely concentrated, and equally classy. Dosage 2g/l.
James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
The NV Brut Tradition Grand Cru is gorgeous. Rich, resonant and expressive on the palate, but with the freshness that is now part of the house style, the Brut Tradition is wonderfully complete. Dried pear, smoke, crushed flowers and chamomile are finely-knit in this super-appealing, mid-weight Champagne. The current release spent 54 months on its lees, which is decidedly on the long side for a wine in its peer group. Then again, long aging is one of the things that distinguishes these very special, artisan Champagnes from the pack. Disgorged: January 2017.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
From the very first cuvée, Egly-Ouriet is distinguished for its ability to preserve exacting precision and outstanding chalk mineral focus in the midst of magnificent generosity. A vinous wine of calm authority, carrying the full grandeur and complexity of carefully tended, low-yielding, old vine Pinot Noir on some of Champagne’s most revered grand crus… A paradox of luxurious generosity and crystalline purity.
Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2015-2016