Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Extra Brut Vieillissement Prolonge
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay from the three finest villages in the Montaigne de Reims—Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay. This is Egly's cellar treasure; with more than 40 months on its lees, "V.P." is a testament to the greatness of his terroir. 100% tank-made; micro-dosage. Perfumes of Clementine zest and lemon ice add freshness and a lively note to its aroma. Very floral; the mouth combines almonds and mineral notes with ginger, pepper and red-fruit flavors.
The Wine Advocate - "Based on 2005 (60%) and 2004 (40%), the NV Grand Cru V P Extra- Brut (Viellissement Prolongé) is an assemblage of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, which was bottled in 2008 and disgorged after 72 months in July 2012. Golden-yellow in color, this wine opens clear, deep, ripe, concentrated and very fine on the nose displaying caramel and brioche aromas along with ripe peach, red paprika, red berry and rhubarb flavors, notes of black bread and a refreshing dash of lime juice. The attack on the palate is highly elegant, super fine and balanced again. This full-bodied yet pure and precise Champagne from the grands crus of Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay reveals a nobly elegant, harmonious, fruit intense and almost sweetish texture as well as a long, very fine and fresh finish with a lingering and stimulating salinity. There is purity and intensity in this wine that should taste great for at least 5-6 years."
International Wine Cellar - "Yellow-gold. Explosively perfumed nose offers an exotic perfume of smoky apricot, orange, floral honey and toffeed nuts. Deep, rich pit fruit flavors are brightened by orange zest and floral qualities, with subtle toasty lees adding complexity. This is very wine-like, with a deep, chewy texture and a strong finish. For all its depth and power, this remains focused and impressively elegant. An excellent non-vintage Champagne."
Winemaker Francis Egly has earned a place at the very top of the grower Champagne elite, and his wines have achieved "cult" status.
You'll find Egly Champagne on the wine lists of the world's three-star restaurants. You'll also find it in the cellars of those who know that while Krug and other top producers can easily be had for a certain (often exaggerated) price, Egly Champagne is both rare and exceptional.
Egly Champagne is produced in microscopic quantities; it has few peers in terms of quality; and if you appreciate fine Champagne, it is certainly worth going any length to acquire.
Egly cares for vines in the grand cru villages of Bouzy, Verzenay and in the heart of Ambonnay. His are wines with character—tremendously vinous Champagne that speaks volumes about the regional terroir and the ancient vines that birth them. Each bottle is a stunning example of the potential of Champagne as well as the bold vision of a truly talented artisan.
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About ChampagneView a map of Champagne wineries Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne produced is non-vintage and made up by a blend of several years' harvests.
All Champagnes must be made by a strictly controlled process called "Méthode Champenoise." The grapes are pressed and fermented for the first time. The blending phase follows and the wine is bottled and temporarily capped. Then comes the second fermentation, a blend of sugar and yeast is added and, this time, the carbon dioxide is kept inside the bottle. This process leaves a great deal of sediment that is extracted through a process of "racking" or "riddling." The bottles are progressively turned upside down until all the sediment is collected in the neck. The necks are then frozen and the sediment is "disgorged." After this phase, the winemaker may decide to add sugar to sweeten the wine. Finally the wine is corked. Some wines move through this process in a couple of months, while others are aged after the riddling phase to build greater complexity and depth.
Champagnes range from dry, "Brut," to slightly sweet, "Demi-Sec." Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are used in Champagne blends, but "Blancs de Noirs" is made entirely of Pinot Noir and "Blancs de Blanc" is made from only Chardonnay grapes. The high acidity achieved by the northern location is crucial to the balance and structure of these wines.
Not every year is a "vintage" declared. In years when it is not, the wines are blended with the produce from other years to create the non-vintage blend, the house style that remains constant from year to year. But in a great vintage year, champagne houses will bottle by itself the unblended year's produce, and use other portions as "reserve" wines to supplement and enrich the non-vintage blend. A vintage champagne can age quite gracefully, and gain complexity just like any other great still wine.
Mild cheeses like gruyere and shellfish pair nicely with Champagne. Also, oysters and Champagne is a popular combination. A full-flavored vintage Champagne can go with almost any meal.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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