Francis Egly is, for me, one of the top winemakers in Champagne. The fact he is modest, conscientious, and so very talented makes him and his wines that much more remarkable. No chemical fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides or chemical anti-fungal sprays are employed in the vineyard. Low yields ensure wine of incredible intensity and density. All that concentration comes across with lots of lively persistence. The vineyard was originally planted in 1946 and entirely to pinot noir. Egly-Ouriet is based in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay. Light gold with a bronze tinge. Aroma and palate of dried Chinese prunes, sandalwood, spice, and a hint of vanilla. Dry, firm, fruity, and with freshness. Full-bodied but without any heaviness. Simply sensational! The wine spent 72 months in contact with the spent yeast in bottle before disgorgement.