EGLY-OURIET Blanc de Noirs Vieilles Vignes Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay
|Grapes: Pinot Noir
||Origin: France, Non Vintage
Lea & Sandeman review
This is a top class treat to rival any of the well-known prestige cuvées. 100% Pinot Noir from an ancient vineyard planted in 1947 which is called 'les crayères' ('The chalk mine') after its deep subsoil layer of chalk which begins only about a foot below the surface. The vines have deep roots and their age and the free-draining quality of the chalk give concentrated aromas of red fruits to the old Pinots, while at the same time the minerality of the chalk itself gives the wine an elegance and a huge ageing potential. A full bodied, vinous wine, this is no aperitif, but more of a celebratory food wine which is a fabulous match for the likes of lobster or cold fillet of beef.
Other reviews and comments
(this spent 61 months on its lees and was disgorged in August, 2006) Medium gold. Rich, smoky, deep aromas of leesy apple, apricot pit, pomegranate and rhubarbs. A chewy, substantial, medium-bodied wine with a distinctly toasty cast to its flavors of ripe pit fruits, toffee, fresh porcini and truffle. Serve this big, dense Champagne (I'm more tempted to call it a wine) with hearty, richly sauced dishes or the strongest cheeses. Not for those who prefer a racy style, but fans of the type will love it.
Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very substantial, complex nose with considerable development. A treat to be tasting really good Blanc de Noirs rather than a rustic Aube fizz chez a supermarket. I'd like to see this next to Bollinger - Really rewarding. Very long. 12.5%
Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
The Non-Vintage Brut Vieilles Vignes is a profound bottle of Champagne. A blend of two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay produced a rich, full-bodied Champagne with a wheat thin and honey-scented nose, and forceful, rich, boldly stated flavours that offer elegance as well as authority. The finish is dry and long. Still extremely young, this Champagne is capable of further development. The price makes it a steal.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
As the name suggests, this is a high quality artisan champagne made from a domaine specialising in black grapes (Pinot Noir) in the grand cru village of Ambonnay. Francis Egly is a stickler for purity of fruit that reflects the terroir and this impressive champagne made from an ancient vineyard with its toasty aromas, its richly endowed appley fruit and sourdough yeast complexity, is a wine of fine style and one whose finesse and flavour are a true reflection of the hard work that's gone into this superior product. An interesting comparison could be made with Bollinger's Viellies Vignes Françaises if you happen to have a bottle handy.
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