2012 Ayala Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

SKU #1418420 93 points John Gilman

 The new release of 2012 Ayala 'Le Blanc de Blancs' Brut Millésime is one of the finest bottles I have ever tasted from this excellent house. The wine spent five years aging sur latte and was disgorged in March of 2018 (I do not have information on its dosage, but it was judicious). The bouquet is pure and beautifully expressive already, wafting from the glass in a refined mix of delicious apple, pear, fresh almond, chalky minerality, hints of the smokiness to come and a lovely topnote of white lilies. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with lovely mid-palate depth, refined mousse and excellent length and grip on the poised and vibrant finish. The ripeness of the 2012 vintage dovetails perfectly in this wine with the nonmalo style at Champagne Ayala! 2019-2040+. 93+.  (7/2019)

93 points James Suckling

 Super attractive aromas of chalky, fine, lemon pastry and pears with a subtle mineral thread. The palate has a very attractive array of fine, smooth peaches and citrus fruit and delivers a plush, elegant and finely focused palate. Beautifully fresh blanc de blancs. Drink now.  (7/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Produced from fruit grown on the Côte des Blancs, the heart of Chardonnay in Champagne, this wine is both richly mineral and deliciously fruity. Dry and tense, this vintage wine should be aged further. Drink from 2020. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Disgorged with six grams per liter dosage after six years on the lees, Ayala's 2012 Blanc de Blancs is a pure, generous wine, bursting from the glass with expressive aromas of brioche, crisp yellow orchard fruit, beeswax and dried white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and vibrant, with a broad, attractively vinous attack, brisk acids and a fine, youthfully exuberant mousse, concluding with a long finish. (WK)  (4/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A fresh version, with a fine and creamy bead, this offers hints of poached pear, ground ginger, biscuit and candied lemon peel. Features a subtle, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2025. (AN, Web Only-2018)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2019 | Send Email
Wow, what a stunning offering from Champagne Ayala, another exceptional house based in the grand cru village of Aÿ! Chardonnay fruit is sourced from the “miracle vintage” 2012, and is the first harvest-specific release under winemaking prodigy Caroline Latrive. At a recent tasting, Ayala’s Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne stole the show with its creamy, toasty brilliance. It’s vibrant with racy acidity but maintains a velvety texture and a long finish. If you liked the 2010, wait until you try this beauty.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.