Grapes: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.
Region: Montagne de Reims. Champagne, France.
Notes: Extended barrel aging and disgorgement (84 months on the lees); Dosage (2g/L); unfined and unfiltered.
Rich, elegant, with layers of complex flavors and velvety texture.
Egly has earned a soft spot in the hearts of many Champagne groupies. Based in the village of Ambonnay, this small estate claims approximately eight hectares of ALL Grand Cru vineyards, mostly in Ambonnay, but also in Bouzy and Verzenay.
Francis Egly is one of the most conscientious, skilled vignerons in the entire region, and his vinous, terroir-expressive Champagnes are unique and incredible.
The vines average 35-55 years in age and are planted to 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. In order to preserve the integrity of the base wines as much as possible, all wines are unfiltered - a somewhat unusual practice in Champagne. The date of disgorgement can always be found on the back label.
This masterful Champagne proves that, if the fruit is perfectly ripe, and the wine is given ample contact with its lees, a dosage is virtually unnecessary.
“VP” stands for “vieillesement prolongé,” or prolonged aging – a reference to the 7 years this wine spends on its yeasts, gaining unparalleled texture, depth and complexity. “VP” is based on a blend of the outstanding 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintage with reserve wines dating back to 2001. This is the finest Champagne Egly makes.
The Champagne is produced from vines in the best three villages of the Montagne de Reims (a base of Ambonnay, with smaller amounts of Bouzy and Verzenay).
Mareuil-Sur-Ay. RM (recoltant-namipulant).