2008 Ayala Blanc de Blancs Champagne SKU #1270909


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  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Ayala enjoys a lustrous history in Champagne, and it continues to secure its place in modern history with gems like the 2008 Blanc de Blancs. Made entirely with Chardonnay from two Grand Cru villages on the Cote des Blancs, then aged on its lees for over six years, the depth and balance on display are impressive! The fruit is ripe and pronounced underneath a subtle layer of toastiness, but there’s a powerful acid and plenty of minerality to hone the edges. This is delicious and well primed for aging.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    The historic Ay property Ayala has made quite a comeback since Bollinger purchased and invested in so many upgrades. While they are from a Pinot Noir town, they have always been famous for their Chardonnay driven, lighter style that contrasts with their sister property Bollinger. Their 2008 Ayala Blanc de Blancs Champagne was the star of the lineup for me, and is sourced exclusively from the Grand Crus of Mesnil and Chouilly. While this Champagne has the great chalky drive of the 2008 vintage, I was surprised by how open it showed. I love the creamy, nearly brie like nose that is framed by high quality toast and the medium to full bodied texture. This should last- it you can keep your hands off of it!
    Drink from 2016 to 2038


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