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2013 Ayala Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne SKU #1497679

Price: $49.99

RP 94 DC 93 JD 93
JS 92
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K&L Notes

The 2013 vintage was one of the latest in recent history in the Champagne region and was a great success for Chardonnay. This masterful creation of chef de cave Caroline Latrive is composed of entirely Grand and Premier Cru Chardonnay, 25% Cramant, 25% Cuis, 23% Chouilly, 14% Mesnil and 13% Vertus. It has been aged for six years on the lees and is dosed quite low at 6 grams per liter. This is vibrant Champagne that still has a creamy texture—not a hair out of place!

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  • Dejah Overby
    By: Dejah Overby
    11/14/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an absolute perfect expression of the quality and precision of 2013 Blanc de Blanc Champagnes are displaying. There is so much personality in this bottle, tangerine, lemon verbena, fennel pollen and Crispin apples. Grapefruit makes an appearance and is an additional driver in the acidity category, the brightness that lands is full but a yeasty. A fluffy biscuit texture enters in the length of the finish. A very enjoyable vintage Champagne I must say!
  • Giovanni Bueno
    By: Giovanni Bueno
    10/31/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    When you stare down the barrel of vintage Champagne purchasing you can, like me, be somewhat intimidated that you might make a wrong turn somewhere. Price points range from expensive to quite expensive and you want to make sure that you are spending your money where it counts. This is the one my friends, this is the buy that makes all your worries turn into beautiful bubbles that scale up your glass as you sip gleefully and wonder how many more bottles are left at K&L. Purely made of Chardonnay grapes picked from the Cote des Blancs--the croissant shaped Mecca for dry, crisp mineral style of Champagne--the bottle abounds with crunchy toasted bread notes, flinty airs of lemon and orange blossom. The finish is so smooth that it is great by itself or enlivened next to aperitif at the start of a meal. But let's be honest, a good old fashioned fried chicken and a bottle of French champagne does the trick every time.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    10/1/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    I have been lucky enough to drink this beauty twice over the last weeks! I tasted this the first time while closing the store with the crew and it showed wonderfully on its own. The creamy texture and fine bead really shined like this. Having at home with a trout and salmon mousse sealed the deal- this has the power for food as well as the grace to stand on its own. Both times the wine showed gorgeous white flowers framing the fresh toast on the nose. In the mouth it is a rounder blanc de blancs, with excellent white peach like fruit. The turnaround on the finish is what makes this wine truly special- it is so refreshing and long thanks to the high acidity of the 2013 harvest and the deft use of dosage. This wine should age for a long time if you like it- don’t be afraid to lose a few in the cellar.
    Drink from 2020 to 2033
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    9/16/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Acquired by Bollinger in 2005, and led since 2011 by one of Champagne’s few female cellar masters, Caroline Latrive, Champagne Ayala is quickly emerging as one of the elite players in Aÿ. This vintage Blanc de Blancs is a statement to that fact. Sourced from the top Chardonnay vineyards on the Cotes des Blancs, it shows power, lift, elegance and vibrance all at once for a superb Champagne experience. Creamy citrus, baked brie, minerals and flowers abound on the nose, the palate is broad and rich from 6 years on lees but laserlike on the exceptionally long finish. Unbelievable bubbly!
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    9/10/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    What a beautiful and expressive Champagne from a weird and overlooked vintage. The nose purrs with soft yeasty breadiness throughout the experience, but there's also notes of flint, citrus zest, orange flower, and pear skins. The palate has an amazing satin mouthfeel. It tastes creamy with elements of gentle grapefruit and crisp orchard fruit.
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    9/9/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Simply brilliant! This Champagne is so gorgeous and delicious you'll fall in love with it immediately. It's fresh and slightly creamy with great concentration and long persistent finish. Aromas are reminiscent of white flower and touch of brioche, same goes for the palate which also has healthy amount of crisp citrus notes and little bit of roasted hazelnuts. My personal new favorite!

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