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Egly-Ouriet

Les Crayéres Grand Cru à Ambonnay Champagne Blanc de Noirs

David T
9.6

Big weekend holidays call for big wines. Happy Memorial Day weekend.

Time to make the new Riedel Vintage Sommelier flutes really prove their worth.

The nose reveals; golden & green apples, sour lemons, lime juice to almost candy, touch of apple cider, overripe pineapple, lime, tangerine notes, stone fruit-apricot & peach, caramel, sweet, cream butter, vanillin, very beautiful & powdery chalkiness, saline, sea fossils, delicate, grey volcanics (almost ash), bread dough, light yeastiness, chunks of just fruit in marmalade, jam, hints of candle wax, honeysuckle & comb, gentle white spice with yellow lilies, jasmine, spring flowers, fruit blooms with some mixed in cut greens.

The body/mousse is gentle & delicate...super micro oxygenation/bubbles. She shows her beauty as she glides over the palate. More golden apple than the nose, green apple, sour lemons, lime zest to almost candy, touch of apple cider, overripe pineapple, lime, tangerine notes, stone fruit-apricot & peach, caramel, vanillin, sweet, cream butter, very beautiful & extremely, powdery chalkiness, saline, sea fossils, delicate, grey volcanics (almost ash), bread dough, light yeastiness, sesame oil, silvered almonds, chunks of just fruit in marmalade, jam, hints of candle wax, honeysuckle & comb, gentle white spice with the perfect light heat & palate penetration with yellow lilies, jasmine, spring flowers, fruit blooms with some mixed in cut greens. The acidy is perfect and gentle. The finish isn’t quite as good as the 02 Krug we had on my birthday in March but, it’s a close relative. It’s super; refined, delicate, unbelievable knitting, well balanced, elegantly polished like 75 degree sunshine on your face and persists softly like baby skin for minutes.

An amazing cuvée!

Photos of; the Champagne house of Egly-Ouriet, A-frame bottles in their cave, Owner/ Francis Egly (since taking it over from his father in 1982) in one of his Ambonnay Grand Cru Vineyards and vines around the estate.

Producer notes, Elgy-Ouriet was planted in 1946 to Pinot Noir in pure-chalk soil of ‘Crayères.’ Unquestionably one of the finest, south-facing terroirs in Ambonnay. Les Crayères is the top single vineyard of the estate, containing the oldest vines. 100% Pinot Noir from the renowned Les Crayères known for its extremely shallow topsoil and chalky bedrock. Completely barrel fermented, and aged 70 months on the lees. It's a blend of the 2010 and 2011 vintages and was disgorged in July 2018 after 72 months sur lattes.
— 5 days ago

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Shay A

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Seems like you enjoyed it as much as I did. Superb champagne!
James

James

Everything David describes is completely accurate. The nose and the palate are aligned, yet surprisingly different in initial impact. I’m loving this, and champagne isn’t my wheelhouse. If you happen on a bottle, but it.
David T

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@Shay A Brilliant...not quite the 02 Krug. 😋

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Dennis P.

Dennis P.

@Josh Morgenthau I reviewed your previous notes, this might be my affordable go to bubbly for guests.
Josh Morgenthau

Josh Morgenthau

@Dennis P. It’s hard to find a bottle of bubbles that beats it for under $40. Astor wines has it and another favorite of mine, J. Lassalle’s Cuvée Preference, both marked way down, along with a lot of their other champagnes. Guess sparkling wine sales are down... great time to stock up!

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Shay A

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One of my favorite producers. Their Les Crayeres champagne is a knockout.
Martijn

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@Shay A good to know! Have that also in the cellar......

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