(Base 15, disg. July 2020)
Yet another striking release of this wine, made exclusively from superb Grand Cru vineyards (predominantly Ambonnay, and also Bouzy and Verzenay). It’s made up of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from low-yielding, perfectly tended vines that have been harvested fully ripe. Natural fermentation was with wild yeasts only, with the first period of maturation (before going to bottle) lasting almost one year, the wine remaining on its fine lees for the whole time. The wines clarify slowly and naturally, as was once typical across the region, and as such, no fining nor filtration is required. Over 50% of the wine was fermented and aged in oak casks. The dosage is three grams per litre, so Extra Brut territory.
Make no mistake, even with this wine, we are already soaring to remarkable heights of quality. If Egly made only his entry NV Brut Grand Cru, he would still be one of the superstars of the region. Yes, the price has risen over the years, but it remains a wine that easily backs up the price in the glass. It is perhaps controversial to point it out, but it is nonetheless true, that this is a wine that puts to shame many prestige cuvées at considerably higher prices.
“Even though it was only Disgorged a few months ago, the NV Brut Grand Cru is super-expressive. The Brut Tradition brings together parcels in Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay that, together, yield a Pinot-driven Champagne with tremendous breadth as well as cut. Red fruit, dried flowers, mint, spice and lemon confit are some of the aromas and flavors that build in this wonderfully open-knit, inviting Champagne from Egly-Ouriet.” 92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous