94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Disgorged in November 2018, Ayala's 2013 Brut Blanc de Blancs offers up an elegant bouquet of lemon oil, English walnuts, crisp yellow apples, linden blossom and hints of praline to come with bottle age. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with racy acids, a delicate mousse and a fine-boned, elegant profile. Concluding with a long and nicely defined finish, this vibrant and intense wine is one of the finest wines Ayala has released for some time.
92pts James Suckling
A dense and flavorful blanc de blancs with lots of cooked-apple and sweet pie-crust character. Full body. Rich and almost decadent. Heavier than some, but turns fresh at the end. Drink now.
91pts Wine Enthusiast
Produced from grand cru and premier cru fruit grown in the Côte des Blancs, this mineral-driven wine is tight and steely, with the texture still masking the potential of the ripe citrus flavors. That means this vintage wine is still young, sure to develop well and will be best to enjoy from 2022.
Bright, pale yellow with white gold glints and fine bubbles. Delicate on the nose but still very expressive. Wonderful aromatic freshness with notes of white fruits, lime and delicate hints of pineapple and ginger. Striking, voluptuous and vibrant on the palate. Silky texture with a lively edge, finishing with a balanced bittersweet flavor. Notes of passion fruit, citrus fruit, ripe white fruits such as vine peaches, and subtle notes of acacia honey that bring a velvety sensation. The long finish is tightly wound with noticeably chalky minerality which the Cote de Beaune is famous for.
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