Egly Ouriet

Egly Ouriet

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Grape varieties and vineyard of Egly Ouriet

Planted area: 9.7 hectares (Red: 7.7, White: 2.00)

Harvesting method: Manual

Average age of the vines: 40 years old

Red grape varieties: Pinot meunier (22%), Pinot noir (78%)

White grape varieties: Chardonnay (100%)


More about the Egly Ouriet estate

Founded in 1930, this estate is almost the grandfather of the vignerons' vogue and Francis Egly is the fourth generation, having taken over from his father Michel in the early 1980s. He has stopped selling most of the grapes to the merchants or big houses. The estate now covers some 12 hectares, eight of which are in Grand Cru Ambonnay itself, 2 ha in Premier Cru Vrigny sur la Petite Montagne (all in Pinot Meunier), 1 ha in Verzenay (grand cru) and 1 ha in Bouzy (grand cru), next to Ambonnay. It is therefore all the grands crus, with the exception of the Vrigny grape. The proportions of the grapes are about 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, as well as the Meunier de Vrigny. Francis Egly says that the key to the style of his champagnes is to obtain very ripe grapes, riper than most producers and to harvest often late, at 12-13°, which is very high for Champagne. A low yield, cutting off excess bunches before final ripening and a high average age of the vines, over 40 years, are essential for him. He says that his viticulture is in lutte raisonnée, pragmatic, which tries to reduce the use of chemicals to a minimum.


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