Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2004 / 750 ml.

Item#: 70819

ST9292 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Nov/Dec 2012
Light yellow. Candied citrus fruits, white flowers and chalky minerals on the fragrant nose. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering lively orange and lemon zest flavors with suggestions of honeysuckle and ginger. Shows a strong mineral quality on the penetrating finish, which features a hint of toasted almond. The bottling that I reviewed last year had no disgorgement date on the back label but this one does.
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 15, 2011
An open-knit texture is focused by firm acidity while rich notes of leesy bread dough and smoky roast nut add depth to flavors of kumquat, tangy apple, white peach and lemon peel, with an aromatic finish. Disgorged January 2010. Drink now through 2019. 1,500 cases made.

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Primary Grape: Chardonnay | All Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

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ST92 92 pts. / Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Nov/Dec 2012)

Light yellow. Candied citrus fruits, white flowers and chalky minerals on the fragrant nose. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering lively orange and lemon zest flavors with suggestions of honeysuckle and ginger. Shows a strong mineral quality on the penetrating finish, which features a hint of toasted almond. The bottling that I reviewed last year had no disgorgement date on the back label but this one does.

SP91 91 pts. / Wine Spectator (Dec 15, 2011)

An open-knit texture is focused by firm acidity while rich notes of leesy bread dough and smoky roast nut add depth to flavors of kumquat, tangy apple, white peach and lemon peel, with an aromatic finish. Disgorged January 2010. Drink now through 2019. 1,500 cases made.

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Yet as often as they are emulated, the magic of their terroirs can never be duplicated. You may taste Cabernet from around the world, but perhaps none as elegant and regal as Bordeaux. You may try Pinot Noir or Chardonnay from various climates, but none with the earth-bound soul and ethereal reach of Burgundy.

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SKU 70819
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Ayala Blanc de Blancs
Country France
Region Champagne
Product Location - Location-Appellation Champagne
Package Size 750 ml.
Wine/Spirit Brand Ayala
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2004
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Sparkling Wine
Grape(s) 100% Chardonnay
Primary Grape Chardonnay
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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Ayala Brut Majeur NV / 750 ml.

NV / 750 ml.

Item #: 65146

VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2015
Ayala’s NV Brut Majeur is a solid entry-level wine. Dried pear, hazelnut, spice and licorice notes open up in a pretty, toasted NV Champagne to drink now and over the next few years. The Pinot comes through loud and clear in the wine’s breadth and overall texture. Disgorged: February 2015.
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2023
A firm, linear Champagne, with a fine, lively mousse and chiseled acidity defining flavors of ripe cherry, preserved lemon, white blossoms, chalk and ground ginger. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Disgorged October 2022. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported. (Alison Napjus)
WS9090 pts. - Wine & Spirits - December 1, 2013
Luscious ripeness lends this wine a quince-like flavor, feeling round and generous against the chalky briskness of Champagne. For all its fruitiness, this is dry, firm and grounded, a clean aperitif or a first-course wine for a rabbit terrine.
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2018
The nonvintage cuvée from this producer, this bottling exemplifies the drier style that’s the firm’s hallmark. It is elegant, a fruity wine that is also crisply textured. Drink now.
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2018
This balanced Champagne offers a creamy bead and a fresh mix of ground white pepper, ginger, Red Delicious apple, biscuit and citrus peel flavors. Disgorged July 2017. Drink now. 3,500 cases imported.
RP8888 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Dec 2010
The NV Brut Majeur shows lovely balance in an approachable, up-front style well-suited to near-term drinking. Clean, mineral notes add a sense of proportion on the fresh, vibrant finish. The blend is 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, 80% of which is from the 2004 vintage, while the rest of the wine is composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reserve wines. Disgorged January, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010–2014.

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