Back in the olden days, the Champagne market was dominated by the Grande Marques and no one hardly cared for those so-called "grower champagnes"; but as the drinkers grew more sophisticated and demanded for more, they started to look beyond the commercial bottles that we are all so well acquainted with, and that's when the grower champagnes started to come into the spotlight. Despite not being Grand Marques, many of these grower champagnes has been creating world-class wines for many years, and one of the most iconic Grower Champagnes is none other than Egly-Ouriet which was praised by wine critic Antonio Galloni to be "at the very top of the pecking order in Champagne today".
Located in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay which is home to some of the greatest Pinot Noir in all of France, Francis Egly was determined to take their Pinot Noir-dominant Champagnes up another few notches from where it already was when he took over from his father in 1980, and proceeded to switch to organic practices and reduced yields. In addition to the meticulous work done in the vineyards, Francis was equally attentive throughout the winemaking process. He harvests very ripe grapes, keeps only the first pressing using very gentle extraction and ages in barrel for years longer than most other counterparts, he creates absolutely beautiful Champagnes that truly expresses the terroir which the wines came from.
Egly-Ouriet Les Vignes de Vrigny 1er Cru is a unique cuvee produced with 100% Pinot Meunier, it usually includes with almost 50% of reserve wines and spends over 36 months on its lees to give the depth and balance of the wine, it is a vibrant, bright and expressive Champagne to enjoy at the dinner table.
We are going to receive a shipment from France next week and there is a small parcel of Egly-Ouriet Les Vignes de Vrigny 1er Cru which is a fabulous option if you are looking for a high quality Champagne for dining –
Egly-Ouriet Les Vignes de Vrigny 1er Cru NV
HK$680 per bottle (^Best Price in Town) , Immediately available
92pts Antonio Galloni
The NV Brut Les Vignes de Vrigny 1er Cru is gorgeous in the way it balances the natural depth of Meunier with real energy and vibrancy. Dried pear, spice and crushed flowers all open in the glass, but what impresses me about this release of Egly's pure Meunier is its translucence and finesse. The Vignes de Vrigny is so expressive and gorgeous in this release. Disgorged: July, 2020.
We can also offer the following from Egly-Ouriet, lead time varies as stated below:
Subject to final confirmation.
Delivery is free-of-charge for purchases above HK$3,000 or 6 bottles, otherwise, a standard delivery fee of HK$100 applies.