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New fave Champagne: NV Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru V.P. Extra Brut

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New fave Champagne: NV Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru V.P. Extra Brut

Kelly | May 9, 2008 10:05 AM

I don't pretend to know much about Champagne.

But oh MY, this was a revelation.

60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. More than 40 months on its lees (hence the "V.P." or Vieillissement Prolongé).

Yellow-gold. Stunning nose of grilled almonds, brioche, apricot, orange and honey. Rich fruit brightened by orange zest and flowers -- maybe honeysuckle? -- with a deep, chewy texture and a powerful finish.

This was my serendipitous event of this gloriously sunny afternoon, when I ducked into a wine store on my eternal quest for an asparagus wine, struck up a conversation with the owner and another customer, and was offered a glass. And then another as the conversation went on.

BTW, owner recommended a basic dry Chablis with asparagus. Have already come up short with Verdelho, Gruner Veltliner, Sancerre, Viognier and Riesling, so what the heck, I'll give it a shot...

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