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Champagne Egly-Ouriet, Blanc de Noirs, Grand Cru, Brut

Champagne Egly-Ouriet, Blanc de Noirs, Grand Cru, Brut

Red | Drink now | Champagne Egly-Ouriet | Code:  20182 | France > Champagne > Blanc de Noirs | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

92/100

Antonio Galloni

94

The Wine Advocate - The Non-Vintage Blancs de Noirs Vieilles Vignes is a broader-shouldered, more ambitious, full-bodied Champagne than the Non-Vintage Brut Vieilles Vignes. Backward and austere, it offers copious quantities of redcurrant fruit. It is intense, and beautifully pure (as are all these cuvees from Egly-Ouriet).
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/10/1996

Antonio Galloni - The NV Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru, from the Les Crayeres lieu-dit in Ambonnay, is one of Champagne’s great wines when it is on, as it is here. Given the relatively recent disgorgement, the wine is somewhat shut down, but with time in the glass, gorgeous, perfumed Pinot notes begin to emerge. This is a totally refined, seductive expression of Pinot. Chalky, mineral notes frame the long, utterly impeccable finish. This is a fabulous effort from Egly-Ouriet. The Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru spent 48 months on its lees and was disgorged July, 2010.
Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate #192 -  Dec 2010

The Producer

Champagne Egly-Ouriet

Champagne Egly-Ouriet

The Grape

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

The Region

Blanc de Noirs

Blanc de Noirs

Blanc de Noirs describes a wine produced entirely from black grapes. In Champagne, Blanc de Noirs cuvée can be made from the two black grapes permitted within the appellation, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Bollinger's prestige cuvée Vieilles Vignes Françaises, from ungrafted, old Pinot Noir vines, has set the yardstick in a style that is now produced by a number of other Champagne houses.

A typical Blanc de Noirs cuvée has a deep golden colour, and can be more intensely flavoured than the classic non-vintage, multi-grape blend.

Recommended Producers: Cedric Bouchard, Bollinger

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