Egly-Ouriet "Vieillissement Prolonge" Extra Brut Grand Cru Champagne

SKU #1274904 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale gold. A fragrant, mineral-laced bouquet evokes ripe orchard and pit fruits, with suggestions of iodine, tarragon and cherry pit adding complexity. Dry and chewy in texture, offering fresh pear and Meyer lemon flavors and suggestions of smoky minerals and brioche. Quite complex, with a strong floral quality dominating the strikingly long, incisive finish. (JR)  (1/2015)

93 points Vinous

 Egly's NV Extra Brut Grand Cru V.P. (Vieillissement Prolongé) shows the natural richness that comes with 82 months on the lees. Even so, the V.P. retains a good bit of freshness to play off some of its more overt leanings. Brioche, baked apple, mint, crushed flowers and red stone fruits develop in the glass. As is so often the case with the Egly-Ouriet's Champagnes, it is the wine's texture and overall resonance that stands out most. What a gorgeous Champagne this is. The V.P. is 100% Pinot Noir from Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay. Disgorged May 2016. (AG)  (12/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 The Egly-Ouriet “V. P.” spent fully eighty-two months aging sur latte prior to disgorgement in May of 2015, making this base year 2008. The wine offers up a deep and complex nose of peach, apple, patissière, gentle smokiness, a lovely and complex base of soil tones and a touch of almond in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and nicely focused, with a fine core, still very good acids, sound bubbles and very good length and grip on the fairly mature and complex finish. Fine juice. Drink between 2015-2025.  (12/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Grand Cru V P Extra-Brut (VP stands for Viellissement Prolongé or extended ageing) is an assemblage of approximately 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, and it is not disgorged any earlier than after six years. The youngest cuvée is based on 2008 (60%) and 2006 (40%), and was disgorged in December 2015. Clear, deep and nutty on the nose, this is a rich yet pure and fresh, straight and firmly structured blend that is still very young; it will gain further complexity over the years.The grapes for this cuvée are sourced in the grand crus of Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay. (SR)  (6/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and expressive, with flavors of ripe blackberry, mandarin orange zest and whole-grain toast leaping from the glass, this is finely knit and harmonious, with a mouthwatering spiced finish. Disgorged May 2016. Drink now through 2022. (AN, Web Only-2017)

Jancis Robinson

 VP stands for 'Vieillisement Prolonge,' prolonged aging. Nervy, wild flowers and great appeal on the nose. Creamy texture yet light and with lovely racy acidity too. 18/20 points.  (4/2013)

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