NV Champagne Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition
Egly-Ouriet - pronounced pretty much as it reads: egg-lee oo-ree-ay. Along with Selosse and Larmandier-Bernier, they make up the holy trinity of great grower Champagnes. They are some of only a handful of growers who follow biodynamic, organic or 'living soil' principals of viticulture. It's made up of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from low yielding vines that have been harvested fully ripe. Natural fermentation with wild yeasts only and the first period of maturation (before going to bottle) lasts almost one year with the wine remaining on its fine lees for the whole time. The wines clarify slowly and naturally, as was once typical across the region, and as such there is no fining nor filtration.