This is another beautiful bottle from Ployez-Jacquemart, who continues to make some of the most noteworthy Champagnes that they like to release after extended aging. Today, we have a new one that we have never offered before, the Blanc de Noirs.
Ployez-Jacquemart is led by an ambitious, traditionally inspired granddaughter of the family, Laurence Ployez, who has done everything to maintain the quest for superior quality in her Champagnes. Since the beginning, Ployez-Jacquemart has been focused on making Champagnes of outstanding quality, sparing no expense, and cutting no corners. Their main supply of grapes comes from their vineyards in the premier cru and grand cru villages of Ludes and Mailly, Villedommange, and Vertus. Everything is done by hand with no exception, with sustainable practices and green harvesting if needed. The grapes, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay, are pressed, and Laurence only uses the first pressing or Coeur de Cuvee for her Champagnes, which is the highest quality.
The Blanc de Noirs is a newer Cuvee from this address, which the house hasn't made since the 70s but saw its re-debut in the 2008 vintage. 2012 builds upon the success of its initial release and is an intense, rich, and somewhat exotic wine ass Galloni notes below while remaining elegant and precise. Seeing that 2012 was such a beautiful vintage for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, it is no surprise that they chose this vintage to make this Cuvee.
Sourced from the Montage de Reims, this is a blend of 50% Pinot noir from the Grand cru village of Mailly and 50% Pinot Meunier from the premier cru village of Ludes. Like all of the Ployez wines, this too went through extended aging before disgorgement, spending over six years on the lees, a few more years aging in the cellar, and was disgorged in 2020 with a 3-gram dosage.
2012 is a magnificent bottle and a great example of the Blanc de Noirs with enticing complexity, power, and drive but with a streak of elegance that makes for a beautifully balanced wine. We have the only bottles of the 2012 Blanc de Noirs in the USA, and for those that have enjoyed the other selections from Ployez-Jacquemart or have never tried this producer before, this is highly recommended.
Antonio Galloni 93 points! "The 2012 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs is rich, resonant and super-expressive. Kirsch, red plum, spice and floral notes are all nicely woven together. Light on its feet and gracious, but with plenty of underlying resonance, the Blanc de Noirs is a quirky, somewhat exotic wine, and yet it is also compelling. The power of the vintage is very nicely tempered by the Extra Brut style in a Champagne that offers a super-appealing combination of richness and tension."
John Gilman 92 points! "The 2012 Ployez-Jacquemart Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut is a fifty-fifty blend of pinot noir and pinot meunier, hailing from premier cru parcels in Ludes and grand cru parcels in Mailly. The wine is very elegant aromatically, offering up a superb, refined bouquet of white peach, apple, chalky soil tones, patissière, spring flowers and just a whisper of buttery oak from the vins clairs that were raised in cask. On the palate the wine is bright, focused and full-bodied, with excellent depth at the core, elegant mousse, fine precision and purity and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. Great juice that should age superbly well, but is already quite tasty out of the blocks."