Region: Champagne, FRA
Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
This is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 40-year-old vines in Ambonnay. The wine was aged completely in barrel and there was virtually no dosage (one gram per litre). It is a seductive, layered, yet powerful expression of Ambonnay and, with the Blanc de Noirs, represents one of the very finest wines of the Montagne de Reims Grand Cru area.
While it can be difficult to generalize about vintages in Champagne, there is little doubt that 2012 is one of the greatest years in the region in living memory. When you combine this fact with the quality of the terroir and the standard of viticulture practiced by the Egly family, well, greatness is assured.