Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs d’ Aÿ Brut NV
100% Chardonnay | Alc: 12.5%
Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs d’ Aÿ Brut NV has a vibrant yellow-green hue, fine mousse. Delicate and fruity nose: citrus, pineapple, grapefruit with a hint of lemon. Lively palate with the finesse of Chardonnay: citrus, white flowers, mandarin, fresh sage and long finish on freshness. Aperitif Champagne par excellence.
“Disgorged in January 2019, the latest release of Gaston Chiquet’s NV Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs d’Aÿ is showing beautifully, opening in the glass with scents of crisp yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, blanched almonds and fresh peach. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, bright and charming, with a succulent core of fruit, a delicate pinpoint mousse and a nicely defined finish. Elegant and expressive, this is a beautifully balanced Blanc de Blancs that would make for a perfect aperitif.” 92 Pts – Wine Advocate
“A chalky version, with bright acidity and a lively bead framing hints of pineapple, pastry cream, glazed apricot and fresh ginger. Focused and finely knit.” 91 Pts – Wine Spectator
“Though Aÿ is generally a pinot noir town, the Chiquets grow a distinctly fragrant chardonnay in its chalky soils. The green apple scent is tight and earthy, while the flavors are pure, with a pristine, chamomile-flower length. Firmly structured, it feels cool, zesty and tense.” 92 pts – Wine & Spirits
“Ay is better known for its Pinot Noir, so it’s rare to find a blanc de blancs. Made in a rich style, it’s full of grapefruit, citrus and apricot flavors. It balances this with taut, crisp acidity to produce a full wine that retains the dancing quality of a blanc de blancs.” 91 Pts – Wine Enthusiast
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