2009 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Grand Cru Champagne SKU #1233473

Price: $39.99

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Tasting Notes

This Champagne used to be called Elisabeth Goutorbe. 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, where they run their tiny production Champagne house almost entirely by themselves. Because of our long relationship as their US importer, we get a good allocation of their wines—even though they only make between 5,000 and 10,000 bottles per year! Their wines are a statement on the terroir of the Grand Valley of the Marne. This 100% Ay Grand Cru Champagne is composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, all from the family estate. Although the Champagne has no dosage whatsoever, it is still full and rich. It has a great nose of baguette toast, cream and some of that famous Ay chalk. The finish is long, clean and very dry, but not too strict. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    An incredible value-- vintage champagne from a strong year showing an incredible bounty of pure fruit (the vintage was so perfectly ripe that no extra dosage was necessary). The chalky soils surrounding Ay are renowned for growing Chardonnay, yet this bottling is composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir grown on those same chalky soils. This may account for the unusual richness of citrus and stone-fruits that provide such a pleasing contrast to the chalky, creamy mineral finish. It confuses and delights the palate.
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the sunniest vintages on record until the 2015, the 2009 Egrot has zero sugar added at the dosage. Because of this the wine is balanced with incredibly ripe fruit. There is a chalky minerality that hides on the back of the palate until it powers up to carry the long finish. The six years it spends on the lees gives a beautiful texture and a very elegant toasted tone to the wine, but the yellow orchard fruit and sweet citrus are king.
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    K&L Staff Member
    2009 was a incredible, ripe year for Champagne, and though dedicated winemaking Egrot has managed to showcase the year's quality while still presenting a well-rounded, complete glass. a complete lack of dosage lets the natural ripeness do the heavy lifting against the more austere parts, presenting a toasty, warm, yet still incredibly dry palate that would be awesome with charcuterie or just for an afternoon break
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Seriously? Vintage Grand Cru Champagne at this price? Oh yes, don't let this low price deter you, it's great. Round and supple in texture with lovely tangerine and apricot notes and a creamy nuttiness buried within. The vintage didn't require a dosage, the powerful fruit produced a great Champagne without it. It's the type of Champagne you can pour for almost anyone including many who think they don't like Champagne.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the more low-profile super-values in our direct import portfolio. Elisabeth Egrot used to sell under her maiden name, Goutourbe, to a large and dedicated fan base. Her new name hasn’t quite gained the same traction, but her wines are better than ever. This superb vintage offering comes entirely from the Grand Cru village from Ay, from a vintage renowned for the power of its fruit. The richness and depth of the fruit manifest with flavors of gala apple, anjou pear, sweet Meyer lemon, and dried apricots, with equally intense acidity and minerals (no dosage was added creating superb balance.) Incredible for sub-$40 Champagne.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Heady with toasty biscuit notes up front, plus golden apple and bright Asian pear throughout the rich palate, Egrot Champagne always delivers, and this well-priced release is no exception. No dosage and clean minerality keep things lively in the glass, but there’s enough juicy citrus fruit to show off the warmer vintage. While the name and label change can make it tricky to recognize this Direct Import as Elisabeth Goutorbe, quality is as strong as ever, and the 2009 is already drinking beautifully.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    Quick! Before the masses find out about this fine, grower producer and send the price point soaring, make sure to pick up a bottle (or twelve) so you can say you owned it back when it was only $40 a bottle. Made from a vintage blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this handcrafted bottling is bright but silky on the palate, showing ripe citrus and white peach flavors alongside compelling minerality and buttery, brioche-y richness.
  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    If you need a party Champagne, look no further. It is here! Elisabeth Goutorbe Champagne is a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and is light, bright and beautifully made. Citrus fruits jump out of the glass, followed by lovely, freshly-baked biscuit flavors. This can be served on its own, or with party nibbles. Amazing with seafood, too.


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