Disgorged: November 2017. Time on lees: 36 months. 100% Pinot Meunier from a single, 40 years old, south facing vineyard in Vrigny, a commune located on the Petite Montagne de Reims (very close to Gueux, where Jerome Prevost is based). Straight Pinot Meunier remains a rarity in Champagne and in Egly's hands it is something special. Low yields, old vines and ripe fruit wine of the most intense Meunier wines kicking around. Spicy, textural, yet very dry and mineral. Bottled without filtration. Dosage for this bottling is 4g/l, so within Extra Brut territory.
The NV Les Vignes de Vrigny (100% Pinot Meunier) is soft, open-knit and gracious. Lemon peel, flowers and white pepper give the wine its brightness and aromatic lift, while there is plenty of underlying creaminess to carry the mid-palate and finish. Gentle and caressing. the Les Vignes de Vrigny will drink well with minimal cellaring. This release is based on 2012, with reserve wines from 2011 and 2010. 92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, July 2017.