Egly-Ouriet Brut Les Premices
A core of ground spice mixing with flavors of whole-grain toast, pear tart, hazelnut and lemon zest in this well cut Champagne, which is finely meshed, offering an airy mousse that leads to the refined, lingering finish.
The NV Brut Tradition Grand Cru, from the villages of Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay, spent 40 months on its lees. Here the oak is a bit more intrusive, as sweet vanilla and spices seems to cover some of the varietal character. Texturally the wine is quite pretty, but the wine lacks just that touch of balance that makes the best wines from this address so compelling.