Le Blanc de Blancs Vintage Champagne 2012
Produced in tiny quantities only in exceptional years, Ayala’s Le Blanc de Blancs is one of the most phenomenal expressions of Chardonnay in the Champagne world.
Despite being quite stressful and complicated in the vineyards, 2012 has been described by respected wine critic Jancis Robinson as “an exceptional vintage in Champagne”. Crafted using 100% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs Grands Crus Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Chouilly and Cramant, and then matured for six years in Ayala’s cellars before disgorgement, Le Blanc de Blancs 2012 is a revelation.
Maybe the ultimate aperitif for epicures, we love the delicate notes of Amalfi lemon, Mirabelle plum, orchard blossom, crunchy peach, white rose, Golden Delicious apples, marzipan and chalky minerality. Light and racy around the taste buds, but silky and voluptuous on the palate, this might well be the perfect Champagne for Christmas day, as it would transition from smoked salmon and canapés to the main course with all the trimmings spectacularly. Alternatively, serve alongside sushi, seared scallops, fresh oysters, white fish fried in butter, creamy sauces, asparagus, or battered tofu, chips and mushy peas.
With a history dating back to 1860, Ayala is one of the original twenty-six Grandes Marques and was one of the key pioneers of the dry modern style. The great house in Aÿ was given to Edmond de Ayala as a wedding present and remains the beating heart of this great Champagne. Although still a family-run business, Ayala is now owned by Bollinger, leading many to consider this as Bollinger’s lesser-known, and therefore slightly more exclusive, little sister.
£8.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2992373
Style No.: 735370
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