This is a fourth generation, family-run business now managed by Francis Egly. Considered one of the most talented vignerons in Champagne, he inherited eight hectares of Grand Cru vineyards and recently acquired a two-hectare plot of old-vine Premier Cru Pinot Meunier. Very unusually this is bottled as such, 100% Pinot Meunier, and is a truly remarkable wine. One of the most striking impressions when tasting Francis' wines is their sheer presence in the mouth. This is due to strictly controlled yields that amount to half of what is considered 'normal' in Champagne. The juice produced is then partially or totally fermented in oak barrels depending on the cuvée, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The resulting wines spend up to four years (sometimes even longer) on lees, after which they receive a low dosage. These are truly outstanding wines and the very essence of artisanal 'Grower Champagne'.
Very classical aromas of toast, nuts and patisserie lead to a palate that's round and savoury with very attractive richness and complexity. Flavours of nuts, cream and candied fruits are given lovely balance, elegance, persistence and length by the wonderful acidity.