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 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.
Purchased by Bollinger in 2005, this venerable Maison lost its vineyards and took some time to find its feet, but today it is an increasingly reliable source of bright, precise wines that emphasize Chardonnay (in contrast to Bollinger's Pinot Noir predominance) and typically see comparatively low dosage.
Jancis Robinson When to drink: 2019 to 2029 100% Chardonnay the Côte des Blancs. Minimum 6 years on lees. Dosage <6 g/l. Mid gold. Richness of doughy, bready lees, with a marked marine, oyster-shell note and creamy apple aromatics. Linear and focused palate, with direct citrus and apple, nutty, bready lees and a fine mousse. Crisp acidity nicely balanced by the dosage. Fine length. (TJ) Tim Jackson MW
Allergic-Info: This wine can contain sulfites