Exceptional vintage Blanc de Blanc from Ayala. The price makes it even more so.
Bright with white gold glints and a very fine bubble. Right from the start, this wine is fresh and lively, it shows a dazzling youthful character, followed by a broad and appetising palate of white fruit and acacia honey with subtle pastry and brioche overtones. The finish is long and persistent, revealing a touch of chalky minerality, a signature of the Cote des Blancs, along with hints of grapefruit, blood orange and a delicate salinity. Great purity and freshness accompanied by a silky texture, the signature of AYALA champagnes.
"Disgorged in June 2020, Ayala's newly released 2014 Brut Blanc de Blancs wafts from the glass with lovely aromas of crisp orchard fruit, honeyed pear, English walnuts and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and incisive, its ample core of fruit is underpinned by brisk acids and complemented by a pillowy mousse. After the chiseled 2013, this is a precise but somewhat more generous, enveloping wine. Even if that makes it quite approachable today, it will really come into its own when it picks up more complexity and texture with another year or two on cork" 93/100 Wine Advocate
"Flavors of apricot and plum are ripe and abundant, carried on the refined mousse with hints of golden raisin, pink grapefruit sorbet and salted Marcona almond, in this expressive blanc de blancs. Sleek acidity is well-knit throughout, creating a mouthwatering impression on the lingering finish." - A.N. 94/100 Wine Spectator