2008 Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Champagne Blanc de Blancs

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Lemon and grapefruit tightly cut into place with powerful acidity and lots of lemon citrus on the nose as well as grilled hazelnuts. The palate has impressively deep-set citrus flavors, and refreshing layers build with terrific depth, power and nutty warmth.

James Suckling | 94 JS
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. 2,220 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS
(Ployez-Jacquemart Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Millésime (Ludes)) The 2008 Ployez-Jacquemart Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut was disgorged in October of 2018, after having spent more than nine and half years aging sur latte. The wine delivers a beautifully complex bouquet of pear, delicious apples, almond, chalky soil tones, hints of crème patissière and a gently floral topnote. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, and rock solid at the core, with fine mineral drive, excellent mousse and a long, dry and beautifully balanced finish. This is a superb wine that is quite tasty at age ten, but clearly is still climbing and will be even better five to ten years down the road. Impressive. (Drink between 2019-2050).

John Gilman | 92+ JG
The 2008 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs is a powerful wine. Intense chalky and savory notes are at the heart of this expressive Blanc de Blancs from vineyards in Cuis, Bisseuil, Tauxie`res and Ludes. Readers will find an especially potent, structured Blanc de Blancs built on real vinous intensity and power. The 2008 has the depth to drink well with just about anything at the dinner table, and the pedigree to develop for years to come in bottle. I would open the 2008 a few hours in advance, as it is pretty tightly wound.

Vinous Media | 92 VM
A massive, cool-vintage chardonnay, this has earthy notes of freshly dug potatoes and a bisque-like brothiness. The umami notes continue to build, adding miso to the mix, along with a range of fresh nut flavors, from pistachio to walnut. Powerfully rich, this would serve well with a seafood terrine. David Bowler Wines, NY

Wine & Spirits | 91 W&S

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Vintage 2008
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Ployez-Jacquemart
Rating 94 JS
Region Champagne: The sharp, biting acidity, cutting through the richness; the explosive force that shatters the bubbles as they rise to the surface; the intense flavor and compelling, lively mouthfeel; these are all hallmarks of a good Champagne. Most wines are made from a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, but there are pure-Chardonnay variants and ones that blend only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. As a result, most wines come with a feeling of familiarity, if not nostalgia. Each Champagne house has its own unique style, so different bottles of Champagne may not resemble each other outside of the core varietal strengths. The soil composition of the subregion is characterized by belemnite and chalk, which lets it absorb heat during the daytime and release it at night. This terroir helps create the feeling of airy, playful lightness of fine sparkling wine. These wines were originally marketed towards royalty, and you can feel a hint of that elusive blue-blood elegance and confidence while drinking one. A good Champagne carries you away like a hurricane carries small debris, and you can feel the powerful life force in each bubble even. The characteristic Champagne "pop" has become a staple at parties and celebrations around the globe - when you hear it, good times are right around the corner.
Type of Wine Champagne: Nothing like a refreshing, vivacious glass of fine Champagne during a hot summer afternoon. Typically combining Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, each Champagne house has a distinct style. Whether you want to sample a single varietal (such as the 100% Chardonnay blanc de blancs) or a tasteful blend, no region can compete with Champagne.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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