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Blend: 67% Chardonnay (Côtes de Blanc) and 33% Pinot Noir (Montagne de Reims)
Origin: Grand crus – chardonnays from Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger & pinot noirs from Ay and Verzy.
Dosage: 5 g/L
Ageing on lees: 11 years
Produced in an exceptional vintage, with the most pristine fruit sourced from the top grand crus villages, the No.7 has been crafted with the very best techniques permitted in winemaking practices in Champagne. After the primary fermentation has taken place in small stainless steel vats, a precise blending, and secondary fermentation is complete, the wine will age slowly in the underground cellars at the Ayala Maison for 11 years. During this extensive aging process, the wine will have been sealed in bottle via cork rather than crown cap. After aging for 11 years, each bottle will be disgorged by hand and given a low dosage of 5g/L.
94p / Wine Advocate - "A new cuvée for Ayala that was disgorged in July 2019, the 2007 Brut No. 7 derives from fruit sourced in seven grands crus—Chouilly, Oger, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Aÿ and Verzy—and saw tirage under cork. 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."
93p / Decanter - "A gentle nacreous 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."
91p / Wine Spectator - "Toast and spice notes enrich the lemon curd, glazed apricot and candied ginger flavors in this racy Champagne, with a fine, lively bead. Well-knit and bright, featuring a minerally finish."