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2007 Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs

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Champagne Ayala has been around since 1860, but these days it is part of the Champagne Bollinger house. This 100% chardy Champagne is relatively dry, with scents of white peach, yellow citrus, ginger spice and dairy on the nose. The palate is lighter-bodied, with grapefruit and pear notes, croissants, appealing mouth-coating creaminess, a fine bubbles, and a racy, refreshing finish. It will keep for a few years, but would be great with oysters kilpatrick.

Winemaker's Notes

Our Blanc de Blancs is produced in small quantities in exceptional years only and fully expresses the superb calibre of great Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs Grands Crus. After 6 years of ageing in our cellars, remarkable minerality and low dosage make this an outstanding wine that can accompany a variety of flavoursome dishes including poultry and fish, or be served on its own to celebrate a special occasion.

Colour: Bright and luminous, with a very fine bead.

Nose: Shows great subtlety. Delivers notes of flowers, citrus fruit and white peaches, completed by a delicate aroma of honey.

Palate: Remarkably dynamic and fresh. Features the floral notes found on the nose and a bright and balanced mouthfeel. The finish is long, characterized by a chalky, mineral feel.

Food Pairings: A refined apéritif for connoisseurs, Blanc de Blancs 2007 is also ideal to enhance white fish and shellfish (bass, bream, scallops) or roasted poultry.

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2007 Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs

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Nick Stock (2004 Vintage) says
The white and gold package really says 'blanc de blancs', and there's a striking wine waiting inside. Fresh citrus and lemon marmalade, some lime butter too, chalk, gentle flinty overlay - really terrific. The palate adds some grilled hazelnuts to the citrus and stone-fruit flavours, along with gentle spice. Creamy, elegant yet fullish texture, and great balance.
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The Good Wine Guide
94
Nick Stock (1999 Vintage) says
Some golden development in this champagne's colour and a toasty, honey and nougat nose - a complex and engaging wine. The palate has a fine, chalky texture and a lively citrus and peach flavour, finishing with bready autolysis flavours.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92

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