Les Crayères is the top single vineyard of the estate, containing the oldest vines of all, planted in 1946. 100% Pinot Noir from the renowned Les Crayères vineyard in Ambonnay, known for its extremely shallow topsoil and chalky bedrock. Completely barrel fermented, and aged 70 months on the lees.
In Ambonnay, Pinot Noir's most cherished Grand Cru village, Francis Egly took over the reigns from his father in 1982. A choice was made at that time to stop selling grapes, bottle 100% under the Egly-Ouriet name, and convert all vineyard practices to organic. As rare as organic viticulture is today in Champagne, in 1982 this was a completely radical move.
This conversion is at the root of of the style that the Egly is known for today. With a treasure trove of old vines, the organic shift allowed Francis to naturally push harvest back to the extreme for maximum ripeness. The Egly wines are defined by their robust fruit as much as they are for their finesse.
In Ambonnay power is never on short supply, and coupled with the low yield regimen and old vines these champagnes could be monolithic. However, Francis keeps dosage very low (1-3 grams), and uses only the purest first pressing known as the cuvee. Addtional steps such as bottling at low atmospheres of pressure and extended lees aging give the Egly wines a very particular style. One that's known for its singular expression of terroir and flashy element of grandeur.
|Wine Type||Sparkling White|
|Grape Variety||Pinot Noir|
|Appellation||Montagne de Reims|