2012 Champagne Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Millesime

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Champagne Egly-Ouriet |Champagne |Pinot Noir Blends
Exceptional Grower Champagne from the stellar 2012 vintage. A Champagne for lovers of great white wine above all.

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<>Francis Egly is an icon of Champagne, a producer of serious complex wines, mostly from Pinot Noir. In his vintage releases you find his wines at perhaps their greatest expression.

2012 follows on from 2008 as an outstanding vintage, displaying the rare combination of perfectly mature fruit and great acidity.

Egly-Ouriet is all about time. Late picked fruit, slow ferments, slow maturation, and a long time on lees. The 2012 vintage spent 96 months on its lees, that's eight years! The base wine (70% Pinot, 30% Chardonnay) was matured wholly in barrel, and it was disgorged in June 2021 with only a tiny 1 gm dosage.

Whenever you drink this, now, or in ten years time, it will be one of the best Champagnes you will have ever experienced.

This is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 40-year-old vines in Ambonnay. The wine was aged completely in barrel and there was virtually no dosage (one gram per litre). It is a seductive, layered, yet powerful expression of Ambonnay and, with the Blanc de Noirs, represents one of the very finest wines of the Montagne de Reims Grand Cru area.


While it can be difficult to generalize about vintages in Champagne, there is little doubt that 2012 is one of the greatest years in the region in living memory. When you combine this fact with the quality of the terroir and the standard of viticulture practiced by the Egly family, well, greatness is assured.

98 Points - "Francis Egly‘s 2012 Brut Grand Cru Millésime is predictably brilliant; but it’s also a serious, structured wine that will need time to unwind. Mingling notes of citrus oil, pear and stone fruit with hints of freshly baked bread, praline and baking spices, it’s full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with huge concentration and a taut, layered core. Built around a racy spine of acidity and prodigious reserves of chalky extract, it’s long, precise, and remarkably fine-boned and elegant for such a powerful wine. Make no mistake, this is one of the wines of the vintage, but—like the 2008—it will demand patience. With more age on cork, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if it began to close in on a three-digit score.” - William Kelley (The Wine Advocate)

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