Vintages: 2010 (50%) & 2009 (50%). Disgorged: May 2017. Time on lees: 70 months. The iconic wine from Francis Egly It was Michel Bettane, the influential French critic, who encouraged this wine to be a unique product, but this is no longer the case. Egly has learned more about this experience than any other way. This vintage was bottled in 2011 and 50% of the blend is from the 2010 vintage and 50% from 2009. 100% vinification and aging in barrel as always. Dosage is 3g / l. The fruit comes from a single, brilliant terroir known as Les Crayères, and the vines here were planted in 1946 (so now 70 years old). The soil is hardly 30cm deep, then it ‘s chalk, hundreds of meters down – hence the name of the site (chalk is French for chalk). The old vines are deeply rooted in this chalk subsoil, giving the wine its classic, mineral vibrancy, woven through the powerful, textured Pinot fruit. The concentration here is a product of the ripeness that both the site and its ancient vines naturally deliver. The Crayères is situated mid-slope with a full south facing exposure, not far from the Estate’s cellars. The wine is a tribute to the greatest sites of Ambonnay and the Egly-Ouriet Domain. Houses that emphasize blending can consider to 100% old vine Ambonnay like this to be too rich. Egly gives it to you pure and powerful. It’s a unique wine, built for food and for aging. Always better a year or two after landing, this is already drinking wonderfully well. Like all Egly Champagnes, it’s a wine first and Champagne second. A unique expression of a singular terroir, and truly one of the greatest wines of the region.