"From a single lieu-dit, ‘Les Crayères’, planted in shallow soils in 1946, this warm amphitheatre high up the Ambonnay slope epitomises the golden sunlight, glowing warmth and magnificent mineral expression of Egly-Ouriet. Hedonistic aromas of black cherries, plum pie and violets erupt in grand cru red Burgundy proportions, backed with notes of dark chocolate and exotic spice. In sheer volume, depth and persistence, this cuvée pushes champagne into another world.
Yet, crucially and mesmerisingly, it is never for a moment heavy or blowsy, pulled exactingly into tight line by gorgeous, bright yet perfectly ripe and generous acidity. With barely a foot of topsoil before the chalk, the mineral character of this hallowed site speaks articulately in softly salty tones that will stir the depths of your soul."