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N.V. Egly-Ouriet Extra Brut Vieillissment Prolonge Grand Cru

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December 3, 2023 - $130

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RATINGS

94The Wine Advocate

70 months on lees... White truffles, roasted nuts, honey and candied apricots are layered beautifully in this creamy, expansive Champagne. Early tertiary notes make this an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years.

93Vinous / IWC

An expansive, seductively perfumed nose offers a complex array of citrus flesh and pith, orchard fruit, floral, mineral scents... Leesy Meyer lemon, pear & candied floral flavors are strikingly precise with a suave, mounting undercurrent...

93Burghound.com

A mature and exceptionally attractive yeast dominated nose is nuanced by notes of brioche, acacia blossom, hints of citrus peel... delicious, pure and mouth coating... terrific depth and intensity. A really lovely effort... Terrific.

REGION

France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.