LCBO Vintages Classics Collection
This Brut is composed entirely of Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards around the village of Aÿ in the Vallée de la Marne. The vines grow in mineral-rich clay, limestone, and chalk soil that retains the day’s heat through cool nights. It highlights the unique character of the terroir rather than the qualities of a particular year, and is a somewhat unusual blanc de blancs as the product of a region best-known for Champagne dominated by Pinot Noir.
Chardonnay was harvested by hand in September by hand and vinified by vineyard parcel in small tanks. It was bottled for the second fermentation around six months after harvest and aged on lees for three years prior to dégorgement in 2017.
“The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs d’Aÿ Grand Cru is once again one of the most distinctive wines in the range. Aÿ is, of course, much better known for its sublime Pinot, but these soils also confer notable personality to Chardonnay. Chiquet’s Blanc de Blancs marries the natural breadth of Aÿ with deeply expressive varietal notes and striking freshness. The interplay of those elements makes for a highly engaging and delicious Champagne. I would give this 6-12 months in bottle to fully recover from its January 2017 disgorgement.”
92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Nov 2017