“Francis Egly ages the Champagne on their lees, in old barrels for a couple of years before releasing them”
The soils in Champagne is predominantly limestone with a high level of chalk. This consists of granules of calcite formed from the fragile shells of marine micro-organisms. The outcrops of sedimentary rock are also composed of chalk, marl and limestone. This type of soil provides good drainage and also imparts that particular mineral flavour found in certain Champagne wines.
History / Ethos
Champagne Egly-Ouriet is a family-owned estate comprising of 9 hectares (almost exclusively Grand Cru), stretching across Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay. Francis Egly, fourth-generation, believes that his mission is "to please but also to surprise", and insisting that "the biggest mistake in Champagne is to go against nature". The exposure of many of the vines is south or south east, which gives exceptional ripeness, while the poverty of chalky subsoil give a strong mineral streak. Francis Egly avoids all insecticides, and continues to plough as his predecessors have always done.