VP Extra Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay
|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
VP stands for 'vieillissement prolongée' (extended ageing). 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Six or seven years in the cellar before disgorgement, with a virtually non-existent dosage. Lots of power and elegance. L&S (May 2017)
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Mature style with a nose of peat and incense framed with minerals. Palate is more grounded, firmly constructed and complex with honey and marmalade. (Recommended, Champagne Brut Nature & Extra Brut Panel Tasting) Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 89-89 Decanter Magazine (Nov 2015)
Yellow-gold. Pungent, smoky apple, pear, apricot and peach pit aromas, with a strong hazelnut undertone. Buttery, almost toffeed apple flavor is deep, rich and powerful. A chewy, weighty Champagne with a mature character and complex oxidative qualities. Finishes nutty and dry, with very good length. "V.P." stands for vieillisement prolonge, or prolonged aging: this is a blend of wines back to 1995. Rating: 90-90 Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The NV Extra Brut V.P. Grand Cru (Magnum) emerges from old vines in Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay. Powerful, ample and creamy, the VP possesses tremendous depth and richness. Vinification and aging in oak brings out the pure intensity of this fruit, something that 82 months on the lees draws out even further. A host of dried pear, smoke, menthol and spice build into the ample, expressive finish. Rating: 94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Dec 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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