Egly-Ouriet Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Brut MV



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100% Pinot Noir. 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. Francis Egly’s grand cru vineyards are located in the villages of Ambonnay, Verzenay, and Bouzy; premier cru Pinot Meunier vineyards are located in the village of Vrigny (on the Petite Montagne). Above all, diligent work in the vineyards to control yields with the goal of obtaining truly ripe grapes (unusual for Champagne) is Egly’s primary philosophy. Juice is fermented on indigenous yeasts, partially in French oak barrels (purchased from Burgundian winemaker Dominique Laurent) and partially in tank. Malolactic fermentation is allowed or blocked depending on the needs of the vintage. Wines spend an especially prolonged time on fine lees in bottle, with three to four years the minimum. Dosage before bottling is very low, seldom more than 2-5 grams/L. All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Les Crayeres Vieilles Vignes comes from Pinot Noir (planted in 1946) from the pure-chalk vineyard of ‘Crayères.’ Unquestionably one of the finest, south-facing terroirs in Ambonnay, ‘Crayères’ outshines many a vintage wine for its depth and age-ability. Egly-Ouriet Champagne is age-worthy, sumptuous, and at times surreal; these bottles are unquestionably the pinnacle of Pinot Noir-based Champagne.

Tasting Notes
Disgorged this spring, the new rendition of Egly's NV Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Les Crayères is a blend of the 2014 and 2013 vintages. It continues this cuvée's run of exceptional quality, unwinding in the glass with complex aromas of pear and peach mingled with Meyer lemon, orange oil, buttered toast, white flowers, praline and smoke. Full-bodied, fleshy and layered, it's vinous and concentrated, with tangy acids that girdle its chiseled core of fruit. Long and penetrating, it concludes with a saline finish. I suspect this is likely to evolve along similar lines to its 2009-2008 counterpart: which is to say, superbly.
- William Kelley

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs



Egly Ouriet






Champagne Blend