Meet the Winemaker (Episode 106): Francis Egly, Egly Ouriet Wines
Debra meets with Francis Egly of Egly-Ouriet, a boutique Champagne producer which has received very high acclaim from Robert Parker (and therefore instant recognition). Debra quizzes Francis on what the most vital job within the Champagne production process is, as well as whether the “party” image of Champagne as a drink matches the lifestyle the producers themselves lead in the region.
Francis tells Debra why he feels Champagne has reached its limits in terms of land expansion. He also explains why he would never order his own Champagne when on the wine list of a restaurant he’s dining at. Debra asks about the best food pairing for the Egly-Ouriet Champagne, as well as the best glassware to serve it in (you may be surprised!) and how long to keep a bottle of Egly-Ouriet before opening.