Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs

2008

100% Chardonnay from 1er Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in Reims and the Côte des Blancs. The variety and quality of the different Chardonnay from Premiers and Grands Crus villages such as Cuis, Cramant, Oger, Mesnil sur Oger, Bisseuil, Tauxières and Ludes produce a beautiful vintage blanc de blancs (white wine from white grapes) blend.

92 points
"The 2008 Ployez-Jacquemart Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut is a lovely wine that spent at least four years aging sur latte prior to disgorgement, but there is no information on when this particular bottle was disgorged. The Ployez family barrel-ferments the vin clairs for this bottling (in the same manner as their Tête de Cuvée, the Liesse d’Harbonville) and the ’08 is just starting to stretch its wings and drink beautifully. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a refined blend of pear, delicious apple, a touch of almond, chalky soil tones, brioche and a gentle topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and nicely structured, with very elegant mousse, a fine core and excellent length and grip on the focused and classy finish. I do not know what the dosage is here, but I would guess around two grams per liter. Fine juice that will only improve with further bottle age. 2016-2035+."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, Issue #65
93 points
"In the year that has passed since I last tasted this beautiful wine, the 2008 Ployez Blanc de Blancs has really started to blossom and is now drinking with great style and breed. The bouquet is deep, complex and beautifully precise, offering up scents of apple, pear, almond, a lovely signature of soil, gentle smokiness, incipient notes of crème patissière and a touch of vanilla from the barrel-fermentation of the vins clairs. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and has that rock solid structure of the top 2008s, with a fine core, lovely mousse and a very long, well-balanced and racy finish. This is still very early days for this lovely bottle, but it is really starting to stir and it is now quite apparent that I underrated this wine just a bit last year! 2020-2050."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
94 points
"A graceful blanc de blancs. Vibrant acidity buoys the rich flavors of brioche, ripe apricot and baked persimmon, with a briny hint of oyster shell, all of which expand on the palate's finely detailed mousse. Offers a lingering, lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2028."
Alison Napjus,
Wine Spectator
, December 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB9343-08
Product Line: 
Sparkling
Sparkling White
Varietal: 
Chardonnay