The Maison Egly Ouriet, based in Ambonnay (Grand Cru situated in the southeast of the Montagne de Reims), was created in 1945 by Francis Egly's grandfather and has built its reputation on vinous Champagnes particularly well adapted to gastronomic cuisine. Starting with just a few hectares, 9 hectares of exceptional hillsides were slowly added following a few purchases and inheritances bringing its current holdings to 12 ha, of which 9,7 ha are Grand Cru primarily in Ambonnay, but also Bouzy and Verzenay. The remaining vines are 1er Cru Pinot Meunier plantings in Vrigny, in the Marne Valley. The Maison Egly Ouriet also counts the extraordinary Crayères plot, 60 year-old Pinot Noir vines. The varietal breakdown comes to 8ha of Pinot Noir, 2ha Chardonnay and 2ha of Pinot Meunier. All efforts are concentrated on optimising grape maturity, some examples being the particular attention given to trellising in order to control the amount of sunlight the vines receive, traditional vine cultivation without insecticides and regular soil work and upkeep. Francis Egly has adopted a method allowing him to age his wines prior to release. Meaning, his Brut Champagne are sold only after ageing from 4 to 5 years and his vintage Champagnes can go 10 years in the cellar before release. Since 1995 all wines are barrel aged, including the rosé, and since 1999 without malolactic fermentation to conserve acidity and freshness as well as improving their ageing potential. There is little dosage, ranging from 1 to 4 grammes per litre, and in an effort of transparency, disgorgement dates are clearly indicated on their labels (Hallelujah!). Unfortunately their annual production is only around 100,000 bottles, which can be considered low by comparison to other more well-known and publicised houses, however, these levels ensure their wines continue to meet their quality standards and retain their unique profile of intense and vibrant Champagnes laced with chalky minerality, i.e. Terroir-driven Champagnes. Their uniqueness was even crowned with a perfect 100 score by the celebrated wine critic Robert Parker in his Wine Advocate magazine for their 2008 vintage Champagne. The Egly Ouriet maison even produces a very rare Coteaux Champenois produced from Pinot Noir vines rivalling in complexity and ageing potential of any Grand Cru from the Côte d'Or. Egly Ouriet has become a must of Champagne and is no longer reserved for the connoisseurs. Great vintages since the 1980's to be on the lookout for in Champagne in general: 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2015 et 2018.
You can find Champagne wines and magnums from Egly Ouriet at Vins & Millésimes as well as other Champagne houses, such as Bollinger, Dom Perignon, Roederer or Charles Heidsieck, and also smaller producers of Champagne, such as Larmandier Bernier, Agrapart, Lahertefreres, Dehours & fils, Ruppert Leroy, Françoise Bedel, R. Pouillon, Eric Rodez, Chartogne Taillet, Selosse, Jacques Lassaigne or Benoit Marguet. Vins & Millesimes always offers the finest in aged wines and grands crus. All of our wines are always in stock and available for delivery.