Ayala ‘Millesime’ Champagne 1998

Sparkling Wine from France - Champagne
Review Date : 06-Dec-2012
80% Pinot Noir from Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay and 20% Chardonnay from Mesnil, Cramant and Chouilly, with a dosage of 4.5 g/L rs. Full straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues,, the bubbles are medium sized with good persistence. The nose is full and soft, a little restrained, but distinctly in the aldehydic and oxidative style, quite Bollinger-esque, with complex nutty notes. A thread of TCA is deteactable, which may be muting the fruit. Dry to taste, this is tightly bound in flavour, a touch lean and bitter, with the acidity showing. The flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits are clearly Pinot Noir, and nutty, oxidative flavours merge with yeast and aldehydes. The flavours broaden a little, and hints of TCA taint are detectable with time in the glass. This bottle may be muted by the cork taint, but the traditional style is very apparent. 17.0+/20 Dec 2012

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