Disgorgement: July 2018
Time on lees: 99 months
This is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 40-year-old vines in Ambonnay, aged completely in barrel, with no malo and virtually no dosage. It is a seductive, layered, yet powerful expression of Ambonnay and (along with the Blanc de Noirs) represents one of the very finest wines of the Montagne de Reims Grand Cru area. As the notes below make clear, the 2009 is a blinder that is not to be missed.
“This bottle of the 2009 Brut Grand Cru Millésime was disgorged in July 2018, and it’s already showing brilliantly, wafting from the glass with complex aromas of smoky red berries, green apple, oyster shell and English walnuts, with a faint hint of fino sherry on the upper register. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and vinous, with searing concentration, a beautifully refined mousse, brisk acids and a long, indeed seemingly endless, finish. This thrilling vintage Champagne exemplifies the intensity and power without the weight that Egly routinely achieves and testifies to his status as one of the region’s very best producers.” 96 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
“A beauty, offering a concentrated range of blackberry tart, candied ginger, almond biscotti and honeycomb flavors, set in a fine, creamy and elegant package. Vibrant, citrusy acidity keeps this fresh and focused. A tang of salinity and warm spice notes echo on the finish…” 95 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator