This white brut champagne is unfined and unfiltered. From the glass soars an expressive bouquet of golden orchard fruit, honeycomb, citrus zest, red berries, blood orange, incense, blond toast, and freshly baked bread. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, with real concentration and intensity. The finish is long and lingering. You could pair it with seafood, oysters, poultry, pasta with light sauce and salads.
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Egly- Ouriet produces wines that express the terroir of the area, champagne primarily from the noble Grand Cru village of Ambonnay (the top village for Pinot Noir in Champagne), where it is widely regarded as the finest grower. In total, the vineyard, where the vine’s average age is 40 years, covers around 10 hectares on the Grand Cru areas of Ambonnay, Bouzy, and Verzenay, with two thirds of Pinot noir and the rest shared between Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Depending on the harvest’s and the wine’s characteristics, Francis Egly, the current owner, varies the proportion of the barrel’s ages from 1 to 5 years since 1995, in which the wine is going to age in varying proportions, thus letting every terroir express itself, instead of following a steady recipe. There hasn’t been any malolactic fermentation since 1999, to preserve the wine’s freshness and the disgorging dates are mentioned on the back labels. Contrary to Champagne, who sells its bottles younger and younger, Francis Egly, following his father Michel, patiently builds a treasure that allows him to sell his bruts after four years of ageing, and his vintages after six years. Very low production, around 100.000 bottles depending on the year. Brut grand cru champagne is a selection of older-vine fruit, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, from the villages of Ambonnay, Verzenay and Bouzy, fermented and aged at least three years in barrel without malolactic fermentation.