Wine writer Courtney Schiessl highlighted her favorite non-vintage champagnes in her latest story for Forbes, titled “Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Best Non-Vintage Champagnes.” In the piece, she speaks about how most Champagne purchased in the U.S. is non-vintage. She explains that these expressions are “based on one vintage with a proportion of reserve wines blended in, non-vintage, or more accurately, multi-vintage Champagne typically offers a taste of the house or producer at a price that won’t blow holiday budgets.” Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur is featured as 1 of 10 wines recommended. Of the Champagne, she adds “… Brut Majeur, a blend of 40% each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with some Pinot Meunier. It is Chablis like, with scents of seashells and salted almonds, the palate lively and friendly with a persistent finish driven by acidity.” Read the full story here
Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House and is the finest ambassador for the House’s freshness and elegance. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, coupled with extended aging in Ayala's cellars and a low dosage, make this wine suitable for any occasion.
Ayala is one of the most exciting stories in Champagne today, almost the definition of a boutique Champagne producer. Independently owned, a small team of 12 with what must be the youngest head of a producer in Champagne, every step of production from grape reception to labeling tightly controlled in their jewel of a facility, and above all, an incredible precision in crafting Chardonnay-focused wines that deliver immense pleasure, freshness, and elegance.