Grape(s): 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay
Localization: Bouzy, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay from 35- to 40-year-old vines; 100% grand cru. Crushed almonds over a peach tart and a touch of cherry juice show in the wine's complex perfumes. Fresh ginger and lemon zest are lively on the palate, with savory notes of lemon butter and toast adding complexity and depth. A remarkably fresh yet profound "basic" but that is leagues above many other comparable bottles.
95 points Wilfred Wong of Wine.com: One of the most under-the-radar Champagne houses to the public-at-large, Egly-Ouriet enjoys an incredible following amongst the most knowledgeable wine professionals. Whenever I see this wine at a trade/media tasting, there is always a line of people waiting patiently for a taste. The Brut Tradition Grand Cru—made from 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay from 35- to 40-year-old vines—exhibits exquisite elegance. Complex and intricate—with flavors of green apples, mineral, yeast, and dried citrus rind from start to finish.
Food pairing: this would be my pick for a pairing with toro—fresh tuna belly sashimi.
The Domain: Winemaker Francis Egly has earned a place at the very top of the grower Champagne elite, and his wines have achieved "cult" status.
You'll find Egly Champagne on the wine lists of the world's three-star restaurants. You'll also find it in the cellars of those who know that while Krug and other top producers can easily be had for a certain (often exaggerated) price, Egly Champagne is both rare and exceptional.
Egly Champagne is produced in microscopic quantities; it has few peers in terms of quality; and if you appreciate fine Champagne, it is certainly worth going any length to acquire.
Egly cares for vines in the grand cru villages of Bouzy, Verzenay and in the heart of Ambonnay. His are wines with character—tremendously vinous Champagne that speaks volumes about the regional terroir and the ancient vines that birth them. Each bottle is a stunning example of the potential of Champagne as well as the bold vision of a truly talented artisan.