Icons of the grower Champagne movement: Egly-Ouriet and Larmandier-Bernier

17 August 2019 | 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM GMT-8
CIA at Copia
500 1st Street View map
USD 150.00

Presenters


William Kelley
Wine Advocate Reviewer
William Kelley developed a love of wine while studying at Oxford, where he presided over the University's prestigious Wine Circle for three years while completing a doctorate in history. In addition to tastings with many of the Old World's greatest producers, he brought many of California's most celebrated and exciting wineries to Oxford for the first time. Kelley had the unique privilege to cut his teeth as a taster on many of the great wines of Burgundy of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. After a stint covering Burgundy for Decanter magazine and working harvests in both California and the Côte d'Or, he made the happy move to The Wine Advocate in 2017. His first-hand experience making wine informs the way he writes about it. Today, he reviews the wines of Burgundy, Champagne, Madeira and English Sparkling Wine.

Description


Over the last decade and a half, the grower movement has radically transformed Champagne. This masterclass with The Wine Advocate’s Champagne Reviewer, William Kelley, will explore the wines of two pioneering estates: Ambonnay’s Egly-Ouriet and Vertus’ Larmandier-Bernier. Both were among the first in the region to farm responsibly and work the soils; both believe that fully mature grapes are the premise of great Champagne; both nod to Burgundy by producing terroir-specific cuvées that are largely fermented in wood; and both produce intense, vinous wines that owe their unmistakable texture and concentration to ripeness and low yields. But though these two estates have much in common, there are important differences: not least, between Egly’s Ambonnay—one of the finest villages of the Montagne de Reims, where Pinot Noir dominates—and Larmandier’s base in Vertus in the Côte de Blancs, where tensile Chardonnay is the order of the day. William Kelley will compare and contrast these two leading Champagne estates, unpacking nuances of terroir, vineyard practices and winemaking—as well as discussing their important place in the story of the grower Champagne movement.   



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