"When another bottle of the lovely 2010 vintage of Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs from Laurence Ployez showed up in my box of samples for this article, I could not have been happier, as I love the wines from Ployez-Jacquemart and do not see them represented often enough on the lists of New York merchants who specialize in Champagne. As I mentioned in my last note on this superb wine, it was disgorged in May of 2021, after ten years aging on its fine lees, which is an almost impossible commitment to patience on the part of the Ployez family! As I mentioned in my last note, this cuvée is produced both from the family’s own chardonnay vines on the Montagne de Reims and fruit sourced from growers the estate has worked with for many years in Côte des Blancs villages such as Cramant, Oger, Cuis and Mesnil-sur-Oger. The vins clairs were barrel-fermented and the wine was finished with a dosage of just under four grams per liter in 131 2010. It delivers a simply superb bouquet of delicious apple, pear, a superb base of chalky soil, fresh-baked bread, Meursault-like notes of hazelnut, a dollop of buttery oak and a gently floral topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, precise and elegant, with an excellent core, lovely mineral drive, elegant mousse, impeccable balance and focus and a long, bright and very complex finish. Fine, fine juice that deserves a place in every well-stocked Champagne cellar! 2022-2055."