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They are only a handful of Champagne growers who follow biodynamic, organic or 'living soil' principals of viticulture. These producers do not use chemical fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides or chemical anti-fungal sprays; they work on very low yields (roughly half the regional average); produce vineyard or village specific wines; minimise the use of sugar addition and follow a very natural winemaking regime with no fining or filtration and low levels of sulphur. Egly is one of these rare roducers and the results are stunning. here is Robert Parker's 94 point review: "Golden-yellow in color, this wine opens clear, deep, ripe, concentrated and very fine on the nose displaying caramel and brioche aromas along with ripe peach, red paprika, red berry and rhubarb flavors, notes of black bread and a refreshing dash of lime juice. The attack on the palate is highly elegant, super fine and balanced again. This full-bodied yet pure and precise Champagne from the grands crus of Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay reveals a nobly elegant, harmonious, fruit intense and almost sweetish texture as well as a long, very fine and fresh finish with a lingering and stimulating salinity. There is purity and intensity in this wine that should taste great for at least 5-6 years."
“Few producers can equal Francis Egly in skill and experience, and larger houses cannot hope to emulate the cultivation norms…”
Michel Bettane, The World's Greatest Wines.
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