Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne SKU #1035576

$34.99

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Tasting Notes

This Champagne used to be called Elisabeth Goutorbe Cuvée Éclatante. Elisabeth changed the name over to her married name Egrot when she and her husband moved out of her parents' facility in Ay, and into their own. It is a 100% estate-grown direct-import gem. It is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir from the grand cru of Ay and 20% Chardonnay from the 1er cru of Louvois. It is dosed very lightly at only 8 grams per liter. The Pinot comes through on the nose with very pretty candied cherry interlaced with fresh baked bread. On the palate it has a lot of body, firm, dry black cherry fruit, and tons of savory, masculine Pinot Noir flavors. It has a good finish with a line of chalky minerality that is uncommon in Pinot Noir-based Champagnes, but the signature of Ay grand cru. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    2/24/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Don't let the new look fool you! This release was formerly called Elisabeth Goutorbe, named for the pedigreed winemaker who charmed guests at many a Champagne Tent Event. She's ventured out on her own and while the label underwent a makeover, what's inside the bottle is as impressive as ever. Crisp with red cherry Pinot fruit, this is both chalky with elegant mousse, and shows complex leesiness tempered by bright acid and structure. This nonvintage release is drinking beautifully now, and the price - especially for Ay - is nearly impossible to beat.
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    2/16/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This bottling from Elisabeth Goutorbe showcases why our direct imports are such a steal. Balanced, elegant and charming, all under $35. The palate is rich and complex while also having tons of fresh minerality and bright acidity. Tons of black cherry with a little toast and hazelnut. One to grab for any occasion or gathering and sure to please even the most finicky of palates.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    12/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Champagne Egrot (prounounced Eh-grow) falls in the same company as Bonville and Launois in terms of value for money. 80% Grand Cru Pinot Noir from Ay, 20% Premier Cru Chardonnay from Louvois, aged on the lees well over half a decade. For under $35. Proprietors Elisabeth (Henri Goutorbe’s granddaughter) and Jean-Marie Egrot have a long history in Champagne, and the pedigree shows in the bottle. Precision, richness, freshness, depth and length are all on full display. A subtle toast quality perfectly underlines rich pear, Bing cherry and apple blossom notes, with vibrant minerals and crisp acidity. Champagne enthusiasts rejoice!
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    9/11/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This bottle of Champagne defines balance for me. I think it is the perfect blend of fruit and acidity, while still showing depth and richness from the Pinot Noir. I think this is an incredible value and is the absolute perfect choice for an occasion, not only because of the great price-point, but because it exhibits qualities that could please even the most discerning palate. This is my new house sparkling for sure.
    Top Value!
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    8/4/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This is Champagne of masterful balance, and certainly defies its reasonable price with its elegance. Cinnamon and I shared this with her mother Margaret the night before last, and while it has the black cherry of Ay, it is not as powerful or obvious as most of the wines from that village. It ended up coming very close to our three person fridge to recycling bin record!
    Top Value!
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    12/31/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Intense, yet exquisitely balanced, the Cuvee Eclatante has a subtle minerality on the nose, the classic bright apple fruit in the mouth and an elegant, seamless hazelnut finish.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    12/14/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    A wonderful dry and elegant Champagne that is refreshing and lively. It has nice balance and complexity with just the right amount of mineral flavors, fruit and acidity.It will be pleasurable alone or with lighter foods.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    12/12/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a unique and lively wine from a village in Champagne with a very rich history, Ay. This cuvee is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir gives this wine a vivacious and expressive nose, with great semi-constant bubbles that makes for a quite elegant texture. With a hint of slate, our buyer, Gary Westby, puts it best in his review by saying, "It has a good finish with a line of chalky minerality that is uncommon in Pinot Noir-based Champagnes, but the signature of Ay grand cru." This is a gem that over performs for it's quality to price ratio. Enjoy this wine while it is here. The more that is left at the store, the more there is for me!
  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    3/28/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    This Champagne is easily one of our top values. Made up of mostly 2007 fruit, the Pinot Noir really shines. Lots of black cherry with ripe raspberry notes, dry, chalky minerality (as mentioned numerous times), and well rounded acidty really make this an exceptional wine.
  • Adam Parry
    By: Adam Parry
    10/26/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    I love this Champagne. It has the most explosive bead when it hits the palate, tongue tickling goodness.%100 estate grown fruit. %70 Pinot Noir, %25 Chardonnay and %5 Pinot Meunier.Really stunning and a very reasonable price for this quality.
  • Christie Brunick
    By: Christie Brunick
    10/17/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    From the daughter of Henroit Goutorbe, Elisabeth is making something so elegant and superb for a far better price! 70% Pinot noir, and 25% Chardonnay, with 5% Pinot Meunier, this Champagne is rich and moussy, with a full of honey and caramelized fruit on the nose and finish. delicate yet plush, and a steal in my book!
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    7/3/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a new Champagne for me that thanks to our buyer Gary Westby, I had the chance to taste and love it. With a fascinating nose of caramel toffee, some cocoa powder and a surprising wiff of pain-au-chocolat and cherries that brought back memories of a breakfast on a back street cafe around the Champs-Elisees. A great wine for a very elegant apperitif.
  • Gary Lai
    By: Gary Lai
    7/24/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    Great tasting Champagne with good pinot noir flavor. Very well balanced on the palate with nice body. A little toasty with a taste of rhubarb undertone. Yes I like it!
  • Cindy Westby
    By: Cindy Westby
    6/10/2009
    K&L Staff Member
    Medium body, gobs of dark red cherry Pinot fruit. Satisfying and delicious alone - or paired with something on the earthy, savory side.

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