(NV Vintage) Egly-Ouriet is one of the finest grower-producers in Champagne appreciated for their rich, fuller bodied, incredibly complex Pinot Noir based bottlings. This Brut Tradition is a stunning example of their house style and even at $93.50 a bottle represents their most accessible Champagne. Their vintage and rose bottlings are extraordinary and at about twice the price are very limited and hard to find. They are an experience worth the splurge for a truly special occasion. The Brut Tradition is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 35-40 year old vines. 20% of it was fermented in barrel and the rest in tank. Egly-Ouriet Champagnes have very low dosage of 3-4 g/l and they are un-fined and un-filtered. The wines typically spend at least a minimum of 3 years on the yeasts and the disgorgement date is always included on the back label.
This has a lovely rich colour, a deep straw gold. There is a rather fat mousse, very plentiful, with a myriad of streams of bubbles raising up to the surface of the wine. The nose is initially yeasty, before turning rather meaty and dense, suggesting Pinot Noir. There is a slightly cheesy streak, and then a more nutty, biscuity edge. Unlike Les Vignes de Vrigny here the palate is very well defined, a rather youthful and excited mousse at present making for a slightly coarse mouthfeel, but give it a year or two in bottle and this will settle. There is very fresh and admirable acidity, it is packed with flavours mirroring the nose, and is quite complete and harmonious after a little while in the glass during which the mousse settles somewhat. eally very good indeed, a dense and masculine in style which I would like to drink again. 17.5/20 (November 2007) Thewinedoctor.com