Region: Champagne, FRA
Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
This is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 40-year-old vines in Ambonnay, aged completely in barrel, and with virtually no dosage. It is a seductive, layered, yet powerful expression of Ambonnay and, with the Blanc de Noirs, represents the very finest wine of the Montagne de Reims Grand Cru area. As the note below makes clear, it is an outstanding example of 2011. Then again, it is impossible to generalise about vintages when comparing the wines of the best growers with the bulk of wine produced in Champagne. The standard of viticulture, yields, and the ripeness of fruit makes so much difference. Contrary to what is written below, the Eglys believe that this wine has outstanding aging potential. Either way, it is already stunning. Disgorged in July 2020 with dosage of just one gram per litre.
The 2011 Brut Millésime Grand Cru is a very pretty wine, especially within the context of the year. Bright floral notes meld into hints of lemon confit, tangerine oil, dried flowers, sage and pastry. There is terrific freshness to the 2011, although not quite the dimension of the very best years. Even so, this is very clearly one of the finest 2011s readers will come across. I would not push my luck on aging, but there is so much to like and admire here. Francis Egly and his team clearly got the very best out of the year. Notes from Antonio Galloni, Vinous