Region: Champagne, FRA
Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
This is a striking wine that reflects both the superb Grand Cru vineyards from which it is sourced (predominantly Ambonnay but also Bouzy and Verzenay), as well as the perfectionist viticulture and winemaking of Francis Egly. It's made up of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from low-yielding vines that have been harvested fully ripe. Natural fermentation with wild yeasts only and the first period of maturation (before going to bottle) lasts almost one year with the wine remaining on its fine lees for the whole time. The wines clarify slowly and naturally, as was once typical across the region, and as such there is no fining nor filtration. Over 50% of the wine is fermented and aged in oak casks and the dosage is tiny, around 4g/l, so Extra Brut territory.