Based on the 2016 vintage and deriving from vines in the Massif de Saint-Thierry, Egly's debut release of the NV Brut Les Prémices, a tank-fermented Champagne that displaces the Vignes de Vrigny as the house's entry-level bottling, was disgorged in July 2020 with two grams per liter dosage. Offering up aromas of peaches, orange rind and orchard fruit, it's full-bodied, rich and fleshy, with ripe acids and an enveloping, generous core of fruit. It's a blend of equal parts of the three grape varieties.
Country of Origin: France
About The Winery
Francis Egly's champagnes impress with the exceptional quality of their base wines. They are powerful, terroir-expressive sparkling wines that are mainly based on Pinot Noir. Given that the Domaine is one of the most renowned producers of winemaking champagne today, it has not been in this business that long. Before Francis Egly took over the helm in 1982, most of the grapes were sold to negociants.
The charismatic and strong-willed winemaker changed this almost immediately and fundamentally, so that he was quickly mentioned in the same breath as Anselme Selosse and still is when the most formative figures of the champagne winemaking movement are mentioned.
Of the 12 hectares on the estate, eight are in Ambonnay and the rest in Bouzy, Verzenay and Vrigny. The 2 hectares in Vrigny are planted with Pinot Meunier, the rest 70% with Pinot Noir and 30% with Chardonnay. The age of the vines goes back to 1947.