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Egly-Ouriet "Les Crayeres" Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Champagne

Wine & Spirits 93pts:

This is Francis Egly's flagship, accounting for more than half of his production. He selects the blend from his vineyards in Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay, blending Pinot Noir (70 percent) and Chardonnay from vines between 35 and 40 years old. He ferments 20 percent of the wine in barrel, that oak adding boldness to the aroma and toughness to the structure, while the searing, mineral-tinged acidity cleans up any hint of wood in the finish. This is vinous and youthfully powerful, its fruit complexity earned in scents of green almond, golden apple and pear. Give this a year or two in your cellar to rest and evolve.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 93+pts:

The NV Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru is an old-vine Pinot Noir bottling from the Les Crayeres vineyard in Ambonnay. The wine reveals exceptional balance in its aromas, flavors and textures. This is an especially open Blanc de Noirs that showcases the signature warmth of Ambonnay. The wine boasts gorgeous textural finesse and beautifully balanced oak. This is another winner from Egly-Ouriet

From the importer:

Yellow gold. Aromas of toast, yellow fruits, red berries, baking spices. Full-bodied, effusive and powerful; flavors of ginger, cardamom, red fruits, nuts.

One of the finest, south-facing terroirs in Ambonnay, the single-vineyard ‘Les Crayères’ offers a taste of history, evoking the character of Champagne more than a century ago before Chardonnay vines were introduced to the region. Soils are pure chalk and the vines are 70 years old, on average

Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels (20% new wood). Base vintage 2009, making up 50% of the blend; the rest 2008. Aged for five years in bottle. Dosage 3 grams/L. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Domaine Egly-Ouriet Champagne is sensual and unforgettable, a necessary experience for those who crave the power and finesse of Pinot Noir-based wines. What you’ll find at this family “grower” house is truly vinous Champagne, wines striking in their concentration and complexity. Winemaker Francis Egly’s practice of harvesting very ripe grapes and aging his wines in barrel for years are some of the technical decisions that set his art apart from the rest; yet it is the results that captivate. Egly-Ouriet Champagne is age-worthy, sumptuous and at times surreal; these wines are unquestionably the pinnacle of Pinot Noir-based Champagne.

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