Egly-Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru, Champagne

2013 base. 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzenay. 50% barrel fermenation. Broad-shouldered stuff with the walnut, beeswax and spice patina of old oak over some big roasted red pear fruit and a touch of honeyed plum. Hard not to smile at that nose. Spreads out rather than pushing on with forward motion.

Just a trace of bruised fruit, spiked a little with some oxidative notes. A bit plump. Still very appealing though – perhaps this would have been a shade brighter a year or two ago. I got this for a good price, but since then they have moved quite a bit unfortunately. 16.5

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Egly-Ouriet VP Extra Brut NV, 2011 Base

70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. This went into bottle in July 2012, so we can assume the 2011 base vintage. This might account for the slightly muted performance here, although it is very, very good. Peach tart with cream, creamy raspberries and blackberries, just a gorgeous breadth of golden fruit on the palate. Creamy weight and fruit combination is almost a bit monolithic for now, although there are some touches of spice and very mild oxidative tones too. Probably drunk too soon (6 months) after disgorgement still.


Date Tasted : 13/12/2019