Egly-Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru NV
Based in Ambonnay, Egly-Ouriet are masters of Pinot. They farm organically, and many of the base wines are fermented in barrel. They like long ageing on lees. Dosage is low or zero. These are proper wines: sometimes a bit stern, but always worthwhile. 48 months on lees, disgorged July 2016. Very fine and detailed with lovely citrus and apple core, as well as some pear and nut richness. It’s quite dry and complex with fine herbs and juicy acidity. Grown up and sophisticated, this is fruit-driven but four years on the lees and another 11 months in bottle has given the first signs of toasty maturity.
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Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Premier Cru
Superbly fresh and mineral! This non-vintage cuvée contains 40% of wines coming from our perpetual reserve begun in 2004. Each bottle is disgorged by hand 6 months before being marketed. The dosage is only 3g/l (extra brut!). Perfect as an aperitif, its straightness and its mineral character will whet your appetite. It’s ready to drink now, but may also be laid down for a few years.
Vincent Couche Rose Desir Extra Brut
Vincent Couche isn’t afraid to experiment. He made this rosé Champagne by using carbonically macerated Pinot Noir, saignée Pinot Noir and macerating Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Three methods adding to the sheer complexity you’ll find. Dry on the palate but exuding a salmon-colored rosé with aromas of cherries, pomegranate and citrus all at once.