EGLY-OURIET Les Vignes de Vrigny 1er Cru

100% Pinot Meunier
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Straight Pinot Meunier is obviously a rare bird and in Egly’s hands it is something very special. Low yields, old vines (planted in the 1960s) and a late harvest make this one of the most intense Meunier wines kicking around. This 100% Pinot Meunier spent 42 months on its lees, way more than any other Pinot Meunier wine in the region. For most Champagne houses, this is the time they give their very top cuvées; for Egly, this is the minimum. Spicy, textural, yet very dry and mineral. Bottled without filtration. Dosage for this bottling is a very low 2 g/l. Few winemakers plant Pinot Meunier on premier cru land; fewer still on terroir that is essentially an extension of the noble Montaigne de Reims. Egly’s vineyard is a terrific southeast-facing, chalky site. A classic Champagne that has no peer. This is the sublime…Do not miss out! 

Parker: 91/100 "Surely one of the finest Pinot Meuniers I have tasted" Egly-Ouriet's NV Brut Premier Cru les Vignes de Vrigny is 100% Pinot Meunier that was disgorged in January 2014, after it spent 42 months on the lees. Golden in color, it offers a clear, fresh and complex bouquet of matured apples, raisins, nougat, red berries and some floral notes. Very delicate on the palate, this is a remarkable, finesse-full, lighthearted Champagne of great elegance. The 12.5% of alcohol is feather-light here, though the finish shows structure as well. This is a lovely Champagne for breakfast, aperitif or for its own merit.

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