Egly Ouriet Blancs de Noirs Grand Cru VV NV


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Some in Champagne can achieve grandeur of dizzying proportions, and the most talented can summon delicacy of lightfooted grace, but no village marries the two as effortlessly as Ambonnay, and no practitioner as masterfully as Francis Egly. Vieilles Vignes is his masterpiece, succeeding in capturing the golden sunlight grandeur and chalk mineral airiness of his tiny amphitheatre shaped lieu-dit of vines planted in 1946. The essence of Pinot Noir.

Score: 99

Tyson Stelzer, 01 July 2018

Aromatic and spicy, with notes of pencil shavings, tea rose and star anise and flavors of blackberry, toast and citrus that glide across your palate. Drink now through 2025.

Score: 95

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2017-2025 07 September 2017

The NV Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Les Crayères Vieilles Vignes is one of the more refined, polished wines I have ever tasted from Francis Egly. Everything is simply in the right place. Mirabelle plum, hard candy, flowers, mint and chalk are all beautifully delineated in a super-classy, polished Champagne that showcases the Egly-Ouriet style at its very best. Lifted, gracious and precise, the Vieilles Vignes is simply magnificent. The 25% new oak is totally integrated, even at this early stage. This release is 60% 2009 and 40% 2008, a blend of vintages that could not possibly be more complementary. Disgorged November, 2015. Dosage is 2 grams per liter. Over the years, Egly's Champagnes have gained in polish and finesse without sacrificing their trademark power. Egly was among the first producers to emerge in the grower Champagne movement. As such, he is perhaps sometimes overlooked in favor of some of his younger colleagues. Make no mistake about it, though, these wines are at the very top of the pecking order in Champagne today. Antonio Galloni, Dec 2016

Score: 96

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2016-2026 01 August 2016

The NV Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru, from the Les Crayeres lieu-dit in Ambonnay, is one of Champagne’s great wines when it is on, as it is here. Given the relatively recent disgorgement, the wine is somewhat shut down, but with time in the glass, gorgeous, perfumed Pinot notes begin to emerge. This is a totally refined, seductive expression of Pinot. Chalky, mineral notes frame the long, utterly impeccable finish. This is a fabulous effort from Egly-Ouriet. The Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru spent 48 months on its lees and was disgorged July, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. Egly-Ouriet remains one of Champagne’s leading small growers. From top to bottom these wines impress for their inimitable class. A non-interventionalist approach in the vineyards and cellar, old-vine parcels in top vineyards and long lees-aging are some of the qualities that define these sublime Champagnes.

Score: 94

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2010-2020 01 December 2010

This is from a single lieu-dit, Les Crayères, planted in shallow soils in 1946, a warm amphitheatre high up the Ambonnay slope. It epitomises the golden sunlight, glowing warmth and magnificent mineral expression of Egly-Ouriet. The mineral character of the site speaks articulately in softly salty tones that will stir the depths of your soul.

Score: 97

Decanter, Maturity: 2015-2020 01 February 2016

very striking nose with immense personality and distinctively richer, red orchard fruit characters. The oak is assertive yet fits in well adding cedary, woody aromas and spicy complexity; there's a hint of pepper too. The palate delivers an immensely concentrated flavorsome impression with ripe phenolics framing nectarine, brulée custard and blue fruit flavors. Powerful, detailed and balanced.

Score: 94

James Suckling, 14 July 2015

Grapes from Pinot vines cultivated in 1946 give the wine an extra weight and concentration. The fruit is rich, soft, and dense, and the potential for cellar storage is huge. He is succeeding better and better with each issue. Nowadays this is a Selosse-like, exotically oaky, organically influenced giant of a champagne. The flavour layers are fantastically generous and multi-facetted.

Score: 94 - 95

Richard Juhlin, Champagne Club 01 May 2014