CHAMPAGNE GRAND CRU MILLÉSIMÉ 2011 – Egly Ouriet
WINERY: Maison “Egly Ouriet”
PLACE OF ORIGIN: France – Champagne
GRAPE VARIETIES: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
ALCOHOL: 12% Vol
IDEAL SERVICE TEMPERATURE: 8° – 10°
GIUSEPPE’S RATING: 99/100
MATCH: Crustaceans, fish-based main dishes, sushi
PACK OF: 1 Bottle
SIZE: 0,75 l
Francis Egly is the current fourth-generation head of Ambonnay Champagne grower-producer Egly-Ouriet. He is against ‘vins stereotypés’, believing that his mission is ‘to please but also to surprise’, and insisting that ‘the biggest mistake in Champagne is to go against nature’.
With the exception of the Pinot Meunier vines in Vrigny, the 9 hectare estate is exclusively Grand Cru, stretching across Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay. Pinot Noir is planted on 7 ha, Chardonnay on 2 ha, and the average age of the vines is more than 35 years. The exposure of many of the vines is south or south east, which gives exceptional ripeness, while the poverty of the shallow and chalky subsoil give a strong mineral streak.
The already high natural ripeness levels are raised higher still by the green-harvesting. Egly is adamant that acidity is not fundamental, and almost always sufficient, while bitterness is always fatal. An advocate of ‘lutte raisonée’ he avoids all insecticides, uses only organic fertilisers and continues to plough as his predecessors have always done.