Egly-Ouriet - Ambonnay - Red - 2015 - 750 ml
Domaine Egly-Ouriet Champagne is sensual and unforgettable, a necessary experience for those who crave the power and finesse of Pinot Noir-based wines. What you’ll find at this family “grower” house is truly vinous Champagne, wines striking in their concentration and complexity. Winemaker Francis Egly’s practice of harvesting very ripe grapes and aging his wines in barrel for years are some of the technical decisions 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 wines are unquestionably the pinnacle of Pinot Noir-based Champagne.
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.
APPELLATION: Coteaux Champenois AOC BLEND: 100% Pinot Noir
VINEYARDS: Low-yielding estate vines, rated grand cru, are located in Ambonnay. Winemaker Francis Egly selects fruit from older vines mid-slope on a single parcel, which is shaped naturally like an amphitheater, and faces south. Soils combine chalk and limestone.
AGE OF VINES: 50+ years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels. Aged for 20 months in barrel, with 30% new wood; the rest one-year barrels. Bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of raspberries, minerals, wildflowers, light spice. Silky yet weighty; texture reminds of Chambolle-Musigny. Flavors suggest red berries, light vanilla, minerals. Very long.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Grilled red meat; refined game dishes; aged French cheese