92 points - Vinous

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

REVIEWS

Egly-Ouriet's NV Brut Rosé is terrific. Bright cranberry, raspberry, white flowers, citrus and chalky notes are some of the signatures. Fine, elegant and chiseled, the Brut Rosé possesses terrific balance and class. Bright, saline notes extend the finish. --Vinous 

Sourced from the Grand Cru terroirs of Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzena, the salmon-colored NV Brut Rosé Grand Cru offers an invitingly clear, fresh and subtle bouquet of red fruits along with floral and lemon aromas. Very delicate and elegant in the palate, this medium to full-bodied wine develops an impressive intensity and finesse. The finish is long and complex, and combines the purity of perfectly ripe framboise with mineral intensity and structure. This is an impressive Rosé of great finesse and purity, and a remarkably refined expression of its terroirs that often give full and fruit intense but less refined Champagnes.
--Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Champagne, France
  • ALCOHOL
    12.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • ACIDITY

Domaine Egly-Ouriet Champagne is sensual, unforgettable and highly sought after, a “cult” wine for Champagne lovers who crave the power and finesse of Pinot Noir-based wines. What you’ll find at this small family “grower” house is truly vinous Champagne, wines striking in their concentration and complexity. 

There are winemakers who craft fine wine, and then there are artists who redefine the craft. With the transition in the 1980s from Michael Egly to his son, Francis, it was clear that Francis wasn’t going to be satisfied with the Champagne status quo. He doesn’t consider his competition among the great Champagne houses, but instead among the legendary producers of Burgundy.

Egly’s practice of harvesting very ripe grapes and aging his wines in barrel for years longer than almost any other Champagne house are some of the practices that set his art apart from the rest; yet it is the results that captivate. Egly-Ouriet Champagne is age-worthy, sumptuous and at times surreal; these bottles are unquestionably the pinnacle of Pinot Noir-based Champagne.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Francis Egly’s grand cru vineyards are located in the villages of Ambonnay, Verzenay and Bouzy; premier cru Pinot Meunier vineyards are located in the village of Vrigny (on the Petite Montagne). Grand cru vineyards are planted to 70 percent Pinot Noir and 30 percent Chardonnay; vine are on average 40 years old. Above all, diligent work in the vineyards to control yields with the goal of obtaining truly ripe grapes (unusual for Champagne) is Egly’s primary philosophy.

Grapes are harvested by hand when perfectly ripe, and pressed full cluster in a refrigerated, gentle press that is designed to avoid any chance of oxydation. Juice is fermented on indigenous yeasts, partially in French oak barrels (purchased from Burgundian winemaker Dominique Laurent) and partially in tank. Malolactic fermentation is allowed or blocked depending on the needs of the vintage.

Wines spend an especially prolonged time on fine lees in bottle, with three to four years the minimum, a choice that differentiates Egly’s textured, supple wines from thinner commercial Champagnes. Dosage before bottling is very low, seldom more than 2-5 grams/L. All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.