Clear, gold with a touch of salmon. Some oxidative notes on the nose. Ripe red apples, lemon peel, young strawberries, limestone minerality, apricots and biscuit. Dry with high acidity, this had an interesting style (apart from the oxidative character); on the one hand, it felt tight as if still developing, on the other hand it also sat rather heavy and full in the mouth. Powerful, yet complex and still balanced. Would be nice to try this again a couple of years down the road to see if it has improved. (Disgorged 2015)
Tim + Ching Birthday 2016 (Extra Space): Bottle disgorged July 2015. Appearance is clear, medium intensity, gold colour with a just a slightest tinge of pink. Coarse persistent bubbles. Nose is oxidative, with aromas of nuts, brioche, bruised red apple, citrus lemon, apricot, honey. Developing. On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, (12.5%), medium body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of bruised red apple, citrus lemon, chalky minerality, honey, apricots, brioche. Long finish. Very good quality. Lots of richness and depth as befitting a serious Blanc de Noirs. But I really feel this was still tight at the moment. Better with more air, but what a waste drinking it now. Should have allowed more bottle age development.
Deg. January 2013. Beautiful notes of sweet red strawberries, tonic notes, a touch of oxidative notes, brioche, underripe pear. It's medium-full bodied, but weightless, with perfect mousse, high acidity. Great length. Fantastic balance of ripe raw material, acidic tension, slatey minerality and austerity. Great Champagne of the highest level.
Mondayitis. Dinner at home with steamed chicken with chopped ginger and scallions, dipping sauce a mixture of seasame oil, light and dark soy sauces, and minced garlic. Wife wanted champagne as lifter, hence this Les Crayeres disgorged July 15. Fresh as what freshness means in its gleaming gold colour, nose of lime and clean laundry, complex palate of citrus and salt without saltiness, majestic Pinot fruit of mulberries and precise acidity, full-bodied and lingering finish. A champagne for fatty white meat, chicken, veal, pork etc. etc.. Too brutal for seafood.
Deg 05/2010 - 58 months on lees. Hands down my favourite champagne and this bottle was so so lovely. Perfectly mature Montrachet on the nose. Extremely vinous. Heaps of baked, mature red apples, mushrooms, nuts and biscuits. Gorgeous wine in a perfect spot. This is not a wine to drink alone, the moment needs to be shared. Will hold for at least 2-3 more years, probably more.
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(NV Egly-Ouriet NV Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru "Les Crayeres") It was very bready, very yeasty with a nice very pale rose color. The palate was a touch out of balance but there was nice concentrated fruit and wonderful delicate mousse but this definetly was in the typical powerful Egly style. Not that refined. Drink with steak. Expensive too for what it is. The Pinot Meunier (Les Vignes de Vrigny) is way better and a much better value.
(NV Egly-Ouriet Blanc de Noirs Vieille Vignes) A tasting of the NV cuvée on the market at the time, I believe. A producer I have ear-marked for my forthcoming Champagne feature. A little cheesy on the nose, denoting Pinot here. Apples too, as pointed out by Toby. Good, altogether palate.
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