Grape(s): 100% Pinot Meunier
Localization: Bouzy, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: Remarkably fresh and citrus-driven. Aromas of red currants, roses, and lively, warm notes of lemon curd on toast. Rich, fresh, and extraordinarily complex on the palate; Mirabelle plums and peaches combine with a peppery energy. A classic Champagne that has no peer.
Notes: Few winemakers plant Pinot Meunier on premier cru land; fewer still on terroir that is essentially an extension of the noble Montaigne de Reims. This 100% Pinot Meunier spent 38 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.)
93 Points - Wine and Spirits: Pure Pinot Meunier. Francis Egly's wife, Annick, brought these five acres to the family domaine, the vines planted in the 1960s. Presented with barely any dosage (two grams per liter), this is a savory Champagne with the broad texture of the variety. The flavors are rich and mature, with scents of cider apple and coriander, a subtle spice and the mushroom notes of sourdough. Sit with it for a while and that richness reveals red fruit depths, the wine-growing racy and brisk.
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.