Town & Country is building upon its holiday coverage with Champagne recommendations to open on New Year’s Eve, including Champagne Bollinger La Grande Année 2012 and Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV.
Writer Lauren Hubbard opens the story up by saying, “while we may not be gathering for all night parties or packing into Times Square to watch the ball drop, there is one NYE tradition that you can count on no matter how you’re ringing in 2021 – Champagne.
The writer recommends the prestige cuvée from Bollinger, explaining that it “highlights the richness of pinot noir (the blend is approximately 2/3 pinot noir and 1/3 chardonnay) for a particularly complex nose and a long finish that makes it a perfect treat to linger over at a NYE party built for two.”
Without missing a beat, Brut Majeur is described as a terrific option “with a complex fruit and toasted brioche palate that you’d expect to find on a bottle several times its price—in fact, it’s a sister brand of Champagne Bollinger.” Read more about both wines and the rest of the recommendations HERETown-Country_Bollinger-Ayala-12.2.20
La Grande Année: The Great Year. This Champagne is the embodiment of everything that makes Bollinger the producer that stands apart in Champagne. La Grande Année, or LGA, preserves the traditions of the past and symbolizes the word “hand-crafted” so strongly that an overused word suddenly becomes the only appropriate definition.
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, young and dynamic team handles every step of production from grape reception to labeling in their jewel of a facility with incredible precision, crafting Chardonnay-focused wines that deliver immense pleasure, freshness, and elegance.
Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marques that’s still family owned. Known for its rich, elegant and polished style of Champagne, their outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail and incredibly labor-intensive practices that few houses are willing to undertake. Underscoring its excellence, Bollinger has remained British secret agent James Bond's Champagne of choice since 1973.