Base 2018, Disgorged July 2022
Region: Champagne, FRA
Variety: Pinot Meunier
Francis Egly, alongside Jacques—and now Anselme—Selosse, and Pierre and Sophie Larmandier were a few of the earliest proponents of thoughtful viticulture and site-specific Champagne.
Egly’s holdings are predominantly Grand Cru and pinot noir dominant so that his Champagnes have become known for their richness and texture.
As always, this is 100% Pinot Meunier from a single 40-year-old, south facing vineyard in Vrigny, a commune located on the Petite Montagne de Reims (very close to Gueux, where Jérôme Prévost is based). Straight Pinot Meunier remains a rarity in Champagne and in Egly’s hands it is something truly unique. Low yields, old vines and ripe fruit make this one of the most intense, layered and opulent Meunier wines kicking around. Bottled without filtration, the dosage for this bottling was a tiny one gram per litre.