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Ayala - Le Blanc de Blancs 2012

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Champagne
  • Wine Area: Cote des Blancs
  • Wine Maker: Nicolas Klym
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16.5 (2007) WS: 92 (2008) JS: 93 (2008) WE: 92 (2007)

Wine tasting notes

Pale gold in colour with a lovely youthful glint, its mousse is superb and displays very fine and distinguished necklaces of bubbles. The nose is intense and expressive with notes of ripe citrus fruits, honey, dried fruit, and a very subtle touch of toast. The palate is extremely generous, structured and perfectly balanced despite the wine’s relative youth, leading to a long, fresh and very pleasant finish. A very light and elegant cuvee which beautifully associates intense character and delicacy.

Winery Information

Ayala

Ayala is one of the most exciting stories in Champagne today, almost the definition of a boutique Champagne producer. Independently owned, a small team of 12 with what must be the youngest head of a producer in Champagne, every step of production from grape reception to labeling tightly controlled in their jewel of a facility, and above all, an incredible precision in crafting Chardonnay-focused wines that deliver immense pleasure, freshness, and elegance. Long known as the “sleeping.. read more

Expert Reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2007)16.5 pts

Tasted Mar 2015 - Disgorged June 2014. Fresh and mildly floral. Racy and transparent with an attractive chalkiness on the (bone dry) finish. Relatively delicate.

Wine Spectator (2008)92 pts

Sept 2016 - Rich and ripe flavors of glazed apricot and spiced plum are layered with pastry dough, graphite and spice notes in this balanced version, with a lively bead. Accessible, presenting juicy acidity through to the clean-cut finish.

James Suckling (2008)93 pts

A racy edition courtesy of the 2008 vintage, this has plenty of lemon curd mingled with super-pure grapefruit notes. The palate has chalky, pastry-like savory elements that herald an acid-driven palate structure, and this delivers plenty of ripe-lemon-citrus flavor; it's really focused and fresh. Drinks well now, but will deliver nicely over the next 5+ years.

Wine Enthusiast (2007)92 pts

This Blanc de Blancs has shed its initial minerality and gained rich fruitiness. Apricots as well as more citrus flavors abound, bringing out a full and round character. From Grand Cru vineyards on the Côte des Blancs, this is ready to drink. R.V. (12/1/2014)