Some might say I’m a little late to the party, literally, reviewing a Champagne AFTER the first of the New Year. But if you’ve read my blog, you know that Champagne is one of my favorite wines. I’ve also been an advocate of drinking the bubbly stuff ANY TIME of the year. After all, it goes with just about everything, and even if it doesn’t, it’s still is wonderful to drink.
Besides, I did post a short video showing that this was what I was drinking on New Year’s Day. That should count for something! (Want another look, click here to open a new window with the video). Looking at all the posts on Instagram before New Year’s, I was a little concerned that any review might get lost in the shuffle. There were so many posts with all sorts of sparkling wines, Prosecco, Cava’s, Cremant and domestic as well as Champagne. Would anyone even look at another review, let alone one from a Champagne house that isn’t as well-known as others?
While not the foremost authority on Champagne and given that I’m not sure I can change the world with my readership, my love for wine, and in this case Champagne, will at the least make you aware of a real stunner.
Egly-Ouriet “Les Vignes De Vrigny” Premier Cru NV
Starting in the Appellation of Montagne de Reims with Estate fruit rated Premier Cru, this wine is made from 100% Pinot Meunier from 40-year-old vines in Vrigny. The wine is a blend of 3 different vintages, giving the wine more complexity than ever before, comprised of 50% 2012 and equal parts 2011 and 2010 and aged for three years in the bottle before release.
This is a great example of Champagne made from Pinot Meunier. If you’ve never had one, this should be your first! The wine opens with a concerto of stone fruit that awakens your senses, the first sip a crescendo of those fruit notes culminating in a harmony of soft creaminess and a slightly spiced coda.
Extra points for any of you that caught my use of music terms in the last paragraph!
While Egly-Ouriet Champagne isn’t produced in larger quantities, it should be available and somewhere around $70 or so. For those of you that like to lay down your wine for a while, this is one that can definitely improve with time. Click here for a tech sheet.
So even though we’re past New Year’s go out and splurge on another bottle just to celebrate life!