Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2010 (91 JG)
“The 2010 Ayala Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésime is the new release of this house’s vintage Blanc de Blancs, with all of the grapes hailing from the two Côte de Blancs. The wine spent six years aging sur latte and was finished with a dosage of six grams per liter. The bouquet of the 2010 wafts from the glass in a classy blend of apple, brioche, a hint of almond, lemon zest, chalky soil tones and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, fullbodied and still quite youthful, with a good core, refined mousse, bright acids and a long, well balanced and still pretty primary finish. This is going to be a lovely wine, but it really deserves more bottle age to allow it to blossom properly.”
Ayala’s Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, produced in small quantities in exceptional years only, fully expresses the superb caliber of great Chardonnay from the best crus of the Côte des Blancs. After 6 years of aging in Ayala’s cellars, remarkable minerality and low dosage make this an outstanding wine.
Ayala is one of the most exciting stories in Champagne today, almost the definition of a boutique Champagne producer. Independently owned, a small, young and dynamic team handles every step of production from grape reception to labeling in their jewel of a facility with incredible precision, crafting Chardonnay-focused wines that deliver immense pleasure, freshness, and elegance.