Egly-Ouriet "Vieillissement Prolonge" Extra Brut Grand Cru Champagne
The NV Extra Brut Grand Cru V.P. (Vieillissement Prolongé), Egly-Ouriet's from Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay, is stellar. A towering, deeply expressive wine, the V.P. possesses stunning depth to match its spherical, textured personality. As is the custom here, the V.P. spent 76 months on its lees, yet it remains vibrant, poised and deeply refreshing. A host of chalk, white pepper, dried rose petal and red stone fruits wrap around the intense finish. Aging in oak shapes the wine beautifully here. What a gorgeous Champagne this is. The blend is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Disgorgement: November 2014. (AG)
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)
Wine & Spirits
Aged for more than six years on the lees, Vieillisement Prolonge is a blend of Pinot Noir (70 percent) and Chardonnay. The yeast comes first, in saltiness that sticks to the lips, a chalky savor that brings scents of white flowers and salted caramels in its wake. Nutty and dry, this is a mature wine with a firm, chiseled structure. Pour it with uni and matsutake risotto.