Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Rose
A blend of vintages (60 percent from 2008, with '07, '06, '05 contributing to the balance) and varieties (65 percent pinot noir and 35 percent chardonnay), this grows in Egly's vineyards Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay. It's a similar blend to Brut Tradition, with the addition of eight percent still red wine and a lower dosage. As such, it's extremely dry, presenting delicate herloom apple flavors and a stemmy, almost tannic tenson. Spice pours out of fthe tight finish, lasting with the fruit. Formidable rose.
Bright salmon-tinged pink. Wild strawberry, cherry skin and potpourri on the nose, which is complicated by candied ginger and gentle leesiness. Supple red fruit flavors are firmed by dusty minerals and given bite by a late note of white pepper. A juicy, deeply flavored pink Champagne that could handle rich fish dishes or aged cheeses.
Sourced from the Grand Cru terroirs of Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzena, the salmon-colored NV Brut Rosé Grand Cru offers an invitingly clear, fresh and subtle bouquet of red fruits along with floral and lemon aromas. Very delicate and elegant in the palate, this medium to full-bodied wine develops an impressive intensity and finesse. The finish is long and complex, and combines the purity of perfectly ripe framboise with mineral intensity and structure. This is an impressive Rosé of great finesse and purity, and a remarkably refined expression of its terroirs that often give full and fruit intense but less refined Champagnes. The wine I tasted was disgorged after 42 months on the lees in January 2014, and should be in great condition for 4-5 years, if not longer.
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