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We tasted this wine along side Dom Perignon 2006 and not to denigrate the DP, which was lovely, it blew it away. Incredible purity and intensity first and foremost with a nose of just cooked brioche, mocha, citrus and just a hint of cherries. The palate has beautiful poise and a very precise delivery at the moment, due to it's youthfulness, lemon, toast, nuts, mocha and again an undercurrent of red fruit, long, lithe and extremely satisfying it will reward many years in the cellar if you can keep your hands off it. Disgorged May 2016 Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 L&S (Mar 2017)
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The 2006 Millésime Grand Cru is sourced from old vines in Ambonnay. Vinification and aging in oak shape the wine to a considerable degree, but Ambonnay has the natural breadth and shoulders to handle the oak. Brioche, spice, vanillin, dried orchard fruit and herbs all develop nicely in the glass. The 2006 is rich and resonant to the core, yet also impeccable in its overall balance. Dosage is 2 grams per liter. Disgorged: July 2015 Drinking range: 2016 - 2026 Rating: 94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Dec 2016)
Another standout, the 2006 Brut Millesime is stellar. This is an especially broad, creamy Champagne built on textural richness. Lemon oil, white flowers, smoke, almonds and baked apple are some of the signatures. Rich and resonant on the palate, the 2006 will drink beautifully for another decade or so, even if it could benefit from a little more time in bottle. Egly's 2006 is a pure pleasure to taste today. Disgorged November, 2015. Dosage is 2 grams per liter. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Aug 2016)
Francis Egly is the current fourth-generation head of Ambonnay Champagne grower-producer Egly-Ouriet. He is against 'vins stereotypés', believing that his mission is 'to please but also to surprise', and insisting that 'the biggest mistake in Champagne is to go against nature'.
With the exception of the Pinot Meunier vines in Vrigny, the 9 hectare estate is exclusively Grand Cru, stretching across Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay. Pinot Noir is planted on 7 ha, Chardonnay on 2 ha, and the average age of the vines is more than 35 years. The exposure of many of the vines is south or south east, which gives exceptional ripeness, while the poverty of the shallow and chalky subsoil give a strong mineral streak.
The already high natural ripeness levels are raised higher still by the green-harvesting. Egly is adamant that acidity is not fundamental, and almost always sufficient, while bitterness is always fatal. An advocate of 'lutte raisonée' he avoids all insecticides, uses only organic fertilisers and continues to plough as his predecessors have always done.
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