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Egly-Ouriet Millésime 2012
"The expression of the 2012 vintage harvested from Egly-Ouriet property."
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Montagne de Reims
It was after the Sec Second World War that the Maison Egly was born when Francis Egly's grandfather started in the wine business with 3 hectares of vines in Grand Cru Ambonnay. By purchase, the descendants Michel and then Francis by marriage to Madame Ouriet will acquire 9 more hectares, including the magnificent parcel of Crayères where the vines are over sixty years old
All in all, the vineyard whose average age of the vines is 40 years covers about ten hectares on the Grands Crus Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay with 2 thirds pinot noir and the rest shared between pinot meunier and chardonnay. The soils are clay-limestone, as in all the remarkable great growths in France and are exposed south-southeast. Everything is in reasoned culture.
Depending on the characteristics of the harvest and the wine, Francis Egly, the current owner varies the proportion of 1 to 5 year old barrels since 1995 in which the wine will age in varying proportions in order to let each terroir express itself rather than follow an invariant recipe. There is no malolactic fermentation since 1999 in order to preserve the freshness of the wine and the disgorgement dates are mentioned on the back labels.
In contrast to Champagne, which sells its bottles younger and younger, Francis Egly, following in the footsteps of his father Michel, is patiently building a treasure trove that allows him to market his Bruts after four years of aging, and his Millésimés beyond six years. Very low production of around 100,000 bottles depending on the year.
Description Egly-Ouriet Millésime 2012.
A great vintage for a Grand Cru Champagne blended with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.
Maturation in small barrels.
Colour: very bright gold.
Nose: honey and toast with hints of brioche.
In mouth: toast and honey with nice mineral touches coming from the chalky soil.
To be served around 12°C.
Pairing: grilled lobster, foie gras or sauced fish.