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Egly-Ouriet V.P. Vieillissement Prolongé Grand Cru
The V.P. stands for Vieillissement Prolongé (prolonged ageing), as the wine spends so long on lees, in this case 84 months. A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, the fruit comes from Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay—all great Grand Cru terroirs. Vinification and élevage is in oak casks, with the dosage being a tiny 2g/l, so seriously Extra Brut. The power of the fruit, plus the extended lees ageing grants such harmony, so much length, complexity and texture to the wine, that the dosage seems irrelevant. It’s a vinous, powerful, super-pure Champagne of great stature and breed. Intense and statuesque, yet with so much finesse as well. After resting seven years in bottle in the Egly-Ouriet cellars, this is now singing.
“One of the highlights in this range, the NV Extra-Brut V.P. Grand Cru (Vieillissement Prolongé) is pure, vibrant and pulsing with energy. There is a crystalline purity to the flavors that is truly remarkable. Lemon confit, white flowers and mint give the V.P. a distinctly bright profile, even though the blend is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. There is so much to admire in this finely sculpted, nuanced Champagne from Egly-Ouriet. A crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures builds effortlessly, making it nearly impossible to put the glass down. The current release is a blend of vintages 2009, 2008 and 2007. Disgorged December 2017. Dosage is 2 grams per liter.” 94+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
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