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Why These Champagnes from Bollinger and Ayala are Perfect for Summer Celebrations

June 28, 2021

Upscale Living touted Champagne Ayala and Champagne Bollinger’s flagship non-vintage wines as perfect options to toast with during summer celebrations.

The piece offers background on both maisons before offering tasting notes on each. Ayala Brut Majeur is “delectable” and “one of the highlights of this champagne house. You get a blend of Pinot Noir (40%), Chardonnay (40%), and Pinot Meunier (20%) while the Pinot Meunier adds a touch of fruitiness and liveliness.” The Chardonnay-based Rosé Majeur is described as “a delight.” Continuing, it features “a small proportion of still Pinot Noir from the best crus of the Montagne de Reims.”

The writer offers the cheeky background as to how Bollinger Special Cuvée got its name before describing this iconic Champagne. “A combination of velvet, notes of pear, and fresh walnut with brioche and spicy aromas make for a rich and intriguing flavor. Bollinger’s Rosé benefits from a small proportion of still red wine, which becomes a crucial element in the rich taste.” The writer explains that due to the powerful quality of the still wine, Bollinger incorporates only half of what other Houses typically use. “Then you have red fruits and the perfectly ripe tannin which take over as the center stage. The fruit adds in flavor and strikes a nice balance between the fruit and acid.” Read the full story and further details HERE

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