($93, Ideal Wines):
Ninety-plus bucks for a non-vintage Champagne is asking a lot. But Egly-Ouriet delivers with their VP (Vieillissement Prolongé or long aging) bottling. Entirely from Grand Cru villages, this Champagne is a seamless blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The power of the latter is impeccably balanced and even amplified by the creamy elegance of the Chardonnay. There’s a lovely interplay between mature, biscuit-like nuances that persist into a seemingly endless finish and an enlivening freshness. Layers of flavor emerge with successive sips, making this an extraordinary wine!
96 Michael Apstein Nov 17, 2009