2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Grand Cru Brut Champagne SKU #1316924

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Tasting Notes

Elisabeth Goutorbe and her husband Jean-Marie Egrot run their tiny production Champagne house almost entirely by themselves. They get very little help from their cat Maurice, but can rely on Elisabeth’s father, René Goutorbe of Champagne Henri Goutorbe for a little bit of help. Of the 15 acres they own in Ay, Louvois, Tauxieres and Mutigny, they only keep the fruit from their 2.5 best—mostly in Ay, but also a touch of Louvois Chardonnay for balance. Their home straddles the border of Ay and Mutigny, two great terroirs in the Gand Valley of the Marne, while their production facility is in the heart of Ay. We have been working with them since the launch of their brand, first sold as Champagne Elisabeth Goutorbe, back in 2008. 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. In each of their offerings you will taste the power of the wines made from steep, south-facing slopes that are right next to the majestic Marne river. Any other spot this chalky would be planted to Chardonnay, but because of the precipitous steepness and dead south exposure, it is ideal for Pinot Noir. The moderating effect of the water on the temperature preserves acid in hot years and helps with ripeness in cold ones. All of the wines have big, dark cherry Pinot power married to crisp, knife-edge chalk drive.

Staff Reviews

  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    2/8/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    I love tasting so-called "off vintages" from producers so tuned in to their craft and to their vineyards that they are seemingly immune to these "off years." It confirms the soft voice in the back of my head that likes to doubt the major critics. "Trust your instincts and your palate," the voice says. And I encourage you to do the same. This is an awesome example of a more subdued champagne. Delicate fruit notes are teased out from a vintage that did not achieve high ripeness, the result is subtle cherry blossom and loquat fruit with a current of bright acid running underneath.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    2/7/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an amazing value on entirely Grand Cru vintage champagne from one of our best producers! Lovely flavors of white nectarine, cherries with subtle autolytics are balanced out by the chalky minerals of Ay and lively acidity. The balance and elegance are exquisite.
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    2/5/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    The first aromas of the wine brought me back to my childhood eating apples with cinnamon. While many people snub their nose at the 2011 vintage, the Egrot finds its beauty. The round, fullness of the wine shows on the fruity driven mid palate. Notes of yellow and red apples steer you into spicy undertones.
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    2/5/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    It's well known that 2011 was not the best year in the appellation's great history, but if you're looking for a specific style, '11 can offer you some incredible champagne finds. This vintage cuvee has a moderate dosage of 8 grams per liter but still comes off as incredibly dry and steely, perfect for hard cheeses and briny, fatty snacks.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    2/5/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Another Awesome result from Egrot in a less than easy vintage. Some winemakers have this special talent and it has become clear they do as well. The exceptional richness is immediately apparent and a rich creamy mousse suggests this beauty accompanying you to a luxurious evening relaxing with Champagne as well as pairing with rich seafood such as tuna or salmon.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    1/31/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    This Champagne comes from the impossibly steep slopes of Ay Grand Cru in the heart of the Marne Valley. It is composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay from some of the chalkiest soil in all of Champagne. While this vintage proved challenging for many, some of the best plots in the Grand Crus did exceptionally well, producing wines of both power and finesse. This is one of those wines, and has plenty of richness for drinking on its own, but also the backbone of minerality to pair with the best salmon or tuna fillets. The wine is round and rich, with a pain grillé generosity that reminds me of old style Bollinger or Charles Heidsieck. The dark Pinot fruit has wonderful savor and complexity; like a red Burgundy of the same age. The texture, like all of the Egrot Champagne, is flawless, with tight streamers and nice creaminess. The back end is virile with great acidity and freshness, making this a pretty complete package.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    3/31/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    As vintages go, 2011 is not as celebrated as its neighbors, but our friends at Egrot – namely winemaker Elisabeth Goutorbe – worked some magic with a difficult year. This release, composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, is both crisp and rounded, showing off baked apple fruit balanced with chalky minerality. As with all Goutorbe wines, this has a delicate bead, an elegant, dry finish and overdelivers for the price.

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