iSante recommends three cuvées from Champagne Ayala to consider this holiday season, while urging readers to sip from a white wine glass because it will “better display all of the diverse aromas and flavors.”
Contributor Roger Morris highlights Ayala’s flagship Brut Majeur NV, adding that it offers “apple fruitiness with a little vanilla, full on the palate, good intensity in the finish.”
He also finds rounded notes of apple in the Rosé Majeur NV, but adds that it features candied notes and “a rich finish with some green herbal notes.”
Lastly, he gives high praise to the “crisp and satisfying” Le Blanc de Blancs 2013, elaborating that it “very minerally, a little apple, some vanilla.” Read the full write ups 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.
Rosé Majeur is the perfect embodiment of the originality and finesse of the House’s wines. Made predominantly from Chardonnay, it is crafted with the addition of a small proportion of still Pinot Noir from the best crus of the Montagne de Reims. A low dosage enables it to express the House style, both feminine and generous, with great elegance.
Ayala’s Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, produced in small quantities in exceptional years only, fully expresses the superb caliber of great Chardonnay from the best crus of the Côte des Blancs. After 6 years of aging in Ayala’s cellars, remarkable minerality and low dosage make this an outstanding wine.
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.