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NV Champagne Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres

Champagne, France

Unequivocally one of the greatest wines of modern Champagne. This is the definition of powerful Pinot Noir from one of the great terroirs of the region.

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Explodes from the glass with a range of Pinot aromas and flavors that is just breathtaking.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

About The Wine

Francis Egly is one of Champagne's most iconic cult figures.

Alongside Selosse and Larmandier-Bernier, his wines are considered some of the very top expressions of small-scale Champagne. Revered for his incredibly vinous expressions of terroir, Egly has been one of the leading figures of the grower Champagne movement for several decades.  Noted for his rich, intense, Pinot Noir dominant style, these are remarkable, cellar-worthy wines that paint a unique picture of Champagne.

This is the wine that put Egly on the world stage. It's considered by many to be one of the most important wines of the modern era. A single plot of extraordinarily intense Pinot Noir from Ambonnay, this is the very definition of power, structure and terroir-driven winemaking in Champagne. Extremely limited and highly sought-after, this is a must have for collectors of the finest wines of the old world.

The great Francis Egly
The great Francis Egly
Champagne, France
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From The Producer

The emblematic wine from Francis Egly is the one that first brought him international acclaim. It was Michel Bettane, the influential French critic, who encouraged Egly to bottle this single vineyard wine separately (the first vintage was in 1989). This release was bottled in 2014 after the 2013 vintage had spent close to one year in cask, blended with 40% reserve wines from the outstanding 2012 vintage. All the vinification and aging for both vintages was in barrique as always.

The fruit comes from old vines in a single terroir known as Les Crayères. The vines here were planted in 1946, so are now over 70-years-old. The soil is hardly 30cm deep, then it’s chalk, hundreds of metres down—hence the name of the site (craie is French for chalk). Les Crayères is situated mid-slope with a full south-facing exposure, not far from the Estate’s cellars. The old vines are deeply rooted in this chalk subsoil, giving the wine its classic, mineral energy, which weaves its way through the powerful, textured Pinot fruit.

The concentration here is a product of the ripeness and low yields that both the site and its ancient vines naturally deliver. The wine is both a tribute to the greatest sites of Ambonnay and to the Egly-Ouriet Domaine. Houses that emphasise blending may consider a 100% old vine Ambonnay like this to be too intense. Egly gives it to you pure and powerful, and with minimal dosage of two grams per litre.

This is a unique wine, built for food and for aging. It’s already drinking wonderfully well but will certainly benefit from two to five years in the cellar. A unique expression of a singular terroir, and right up there when talking about candidates for the region’s greatest wine. It’s certainly the greatest Blanc de Noirs.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Cork
Bottle Size : 750ml

Francis in his cave
Francis in his cave
Champagne, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
Vinous

"The NV Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres Grand Cru explodes from the glass with a range of Pinot aromas and flavors that is just breathtaking. Bright acids and beams of saline intensity offer striking contrast. Even though it has just been Disgorged:, the Crayeres is just stunning. For readers who want to know what Pinot from Ambonnay tastes like, well, this is it. Hints of Mirabelle plum, red plum and dried flowers linger on the substantial finish. Disgorged: July, 2020." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

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