Domaine Egly-Ouriet

Ambonnay | Champagne

egly_producerDomaine Egly-Ouriet Champagne is sensual, unforgettable and highly sought after, a “cult” wine for Champagne lovers who crave the power and finesse of Pinot Noir-based wines. What you’ll find at this small family “grower” house is truly vinous Champagne, wines striking in their concentration and complexity.

There are winemakers who craft fine wine, and then there are artists who redefine the craft. When we witnessed the transition in the 1980s from Michael Egly to his son, Francis, it was clear that Francis wasn’t going to be satisfied with the Champagne status quo. He doesn’t consider his competition among the great Champagne houses, but instead among the legendary producers of Burgundy.

Egly’s practice of harvesting very ripe grapes and aging his wines in barrel for years longer than almost any other Champagne house are some of the practices 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 bottles are unquestionably the pinnacle of Pinot Noir-based Champagne.

Proudly, North Berkeley Imports was one of the first importers to bring Egly-Ouriet wines to the United States.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Francis Egly’s grand cru vineyards are located in the villages of Ambonnay, Verzenay and Bouzy; premier cru Pinot Meunier vineyards are located in the village of Vrigny (on the Petite Montagne). Grand cru vineyards are planted to 70 percent Pinot Noir and 30 percent Chardonnay; vine are on average 40 years old. Above all, diligent work in the vineyards to control yields with the goal of obtaining truly ripe grapes (unusual for Champagne) is Egly’s primary philosophy.

Grapes are harvested by hand when perfectly ripe then are fermented on indigenous yeasts, partially in French oak barrels (purchased from Burgundian winemaker Dominique Laurent) and partially in tank. Malolactic fermentation is allowed or blocked depending on the needs of the vintage. Wines spend an especially prolonged time on fine lees in bottle, with three to four years the minimum, a choice that differentiates Egly’s textured, supple wines from thinner commercial Champagnes. Dosage before bottling is very low, seldom more than 2-5 grams/L. All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

WHITE WINES
Premier Cru Brut ‘Les Vignes de Vrigny’ (Pinot Meunier)

Few vine growers cultivate Pinot Meunier on premier cru land; fewer still on terroir that is essentially an extension of the noble Montaigne de Reims. A spicy, subtle yet enchanting wine.

 

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Grand Cru Brut Tradition

A selection of older-vine fruit, 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, from the villages of Ambonnay, Verzenay and Bouzy, aged for at least three years in bottle. Red berries, blood orange, incense, blond toast.

 

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Grand Cru Extra Brut V.P. (Vieillissement Prolongé)

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. ‘V.P.’ spends more than seven years on fine lees, giving the wine its layered complexity and profound depth. (Vieillissement prolongé means “extended aging”). This wine outperforms many vintage wines on the market — and even many vintage wines don’t spend this much time in the cellar. An unforgettable Champagne, and benchmark of the estate.

 

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Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Brut ‘Les Crayères’ Vieilles Vignes

Older-vine Pinot Noir (planted in 1946) from the pure-chalk vineyard of ‘Crayères.’ Unquestionably one of the finest, south-facing terroirs in Ambonnay, ‘Crayères’ is a taste of history, a look back at what Champagne was like 100 years ago before Chardonnay vines were introduced.

 

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Grand Cru Brut Millèsime

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, sourced exclusively from grand cru vineyards in Ambonnay. Winemaker Francis Egly ages his vintage wines from six to eight years in bottle, depending on the vintage, for the ultimate in texture and concentration.

 

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ROSÉ WINES
Grand Cru Brut Rosé

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, with the addition of Ambonnay Rouge for color. Suave, silky and profound; a very serious rosé Champagne, aged for more than three years in bottle.

 

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RED (STILL) WINES
Ambonnay Rouge Coteaux Champenois ‘Cuvée des Grands Côtes’ Vieilles Vignes

A silky, seductive and pure older-vine Pinot Noir from the grand-cru rated, pure chalk soils of Ambonnay. Aromas remind of a fine Vosne-Romanée, floral and precise. This is the pinnacle of Ambonnay Rouge, bar none; made in very small quantities.

 

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Established: 1930
Winemaker:  Francis Egly
Region: France • Champagne • Ambonnay
Vineyard size: 29 acres

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Francis Egly crafts uncompromisingly high-quality wines from vineyards in and around his home base of Ambonnay. The wines reflect a unmistakable sense of richness from the high percentage of red grapes, Burgundian-inspired vinification and long aging on the lees. As a consumer, I gravitate towards the V.P. (Vieillissement Prolongé) and Les Crayères Vieilles Vignes, which I consider the estate’s true flagships…These remain some of the most singular wines being made in Champagne today. For what its worth, we rarely miss an opportunity to drink them. —Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Egly-Ouriet is one of the reference-point growers in Champagne, with a deep selection of wines that offer remarkable transparency to site, vintage and variety…These are among the most pure, un-manipulated Champagnes readers will come across… —The Wine Advocate