2007 Champagne Ayala, No. 7, Brut

2007 Champagne Ayala, No. 7, Brut

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2007 Champagne Ayala, No. 7, Brut

Description

Enticing rather savoury aromatics, with distinctive notes of baked bread, almonds and lemon curd. The palate is full bodied, more lemon curd, hints of honey and vibrant acidity in abundance. It’s very elegant, the finish is powerful and complex; it’s far too easy to pour yourself another glass. Highly recommended.

Drink 2020-2026+.

Daniel Martin, Private Account Manager (July 2021)

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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate94/100
Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20
Wine Spectator 91/100
Decanter93/100
Wine Advocate94/100
Offering up aromas of lemon oil, dried white flowers, walnuts and fresh bread, it's full-bodied, vinous and incisive, with a pillowy mousse, racy acids and a long, mineral finish. Drink 2020 – 2037.
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Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20
Complex nose, actually rather chalky, somehow. Lots of autolysis - almost too much! More evidence of the charm of this vintage.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (August 2020) Read more
Wine Spectator 91/100
A lively, tightly knit Champagne with a citrus peel overtone, this shows delicate flavors of white raspberry, lemon curd and biscuit, with a tang of fleur de sel on the finish. Disgorged July 2019. Drink now through 2025. 150 cases imported.
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Decanter93/100
A gentle silver, with a persistently fine bead. It has aromas of almonds and sourdough, then limes falling with late-season apples, slate and the faintest whisper of honey. The palate is more assertive; plums and nectarine and even a hint of brandy snap dressed in cream. The finish is delightful and supremely elegant - the pedigree of those five great Chardonnay villages brought to bear with consummate skill.
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About this WINE

Ayala Champagne

Ayala Champagne

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Brut Champagne

Brut Champagne

Brut denotes a dry style of Champagne (less than 15 grams per litre). Most Champagne is non-vintage, produced from a blend from different years. The non-vintage blend is always based predominately on wines made from the current harvest, enriched with aged wines (their proportion and age varies by brand) from earlier harvests, which impart an additional level of complexity to the end wine. Champagnes from a single vintage are labelled with the year reference and with the description Millésimé.

Non-vintage Champagnes can improve with short-term ageing (typically two to three years), while vintages can develop over much longer periods (five to 30 years). The most exquisite and often top-priced expression of a house’s style is referred to as Prestige Cuvée. Famous examples include Louis Roederer's Cristal, Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon, and Pol Roger's Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.

Recommended Producers : Krug, Billecart Salmon, Pol Roger, Bollinger, Salon, Gosset, Pierre Péters, Ruinart


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Champagne Blend

Champagne Blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.


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