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Since 2005 Ayala is part of the prestigious Bollinger group. Rising star 'Brut Majeur' aged 2 to 3 years on its lees (while only 15 months are required by law), so expect depth and a extremely soft texture. This classy bubbly is made of grapes almost exclusively coming from Grand- and Premier Cru vineyards. Pinot Noir gives the wine structure and intensity (a long finish), while the Chardonnay adds complexity and finesse. Pinot Meunier finally ensures freshness and fruit. One of Champagne's purest Bruts. Delicious from dawn to dusk…
Fresh lemon, mineral notes, a touch of cream and toasty aroma.
Soft mousse, fruity and herby flavours with a lively citrus kick, mouthwatering.
Pictures from left to right: (1) Hadrien Mouflard, managing director of Ayala (2) The impressive building of Champagne House Ayala
One of the original twenty-six ‘Grandes Marques Champagne Houses’, the noble history of Champagne Ayala dates back to 1860, when Edmond de Ayala (a son of a Colombian diplomat in Paris) received the impressive Chateau as the dowry for his wedding. Today, it remains the archetype of a great and historic House, producing top quality wines which are enjoyed throughout the world for their freshness and elegance.
Ayala were pioneers in introducing a drier style of wine during the second half of the 19th century. Caroline Latrive, Cellar Master since 2011, carefully ensures that the House style is maintained by focusing on quality and creating wines that are renowned for their precision, delicacy and exquisite quality.
Bollinger family member
In 2005, Champagne Ayala was acquired by the Bollinger family, who began a series of investments and improvements. A rejuvenated image for the House was unveiled in 2014, which draws on the Art Deco heritage of the brand.
Style: Sparkling wine
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: AOP Champagne
Grape: 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier
Bottle size: 0,75L
Closure: Natural cork
Drink by: 2018
Champagne | France
There is so much written about it, let alone said… Fact is that it’s the birthplace of the world’s most famous bubbly: Champagne. And one of the most heavily praised and restricted names on Earth! According to many it’s right here that sparkling wine reaches its ultimate expression.
Champagne is the most northerly wine region in France and is situated north-east of Paris. There are three main vineyard areas: Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne and Montagne de Reims.
Ripeness of the grapes is often a problem, which is one reason why a blend of grape varieties is usually used: the white Chardonnay to give fruit and elegance, and two reds – Pinot Noir (particularly to provide a ‘backbone’) and Pinot Meunier.
In Champagne there are around 15,000 growers and 290 Champagne houses. Traditionally, growers have sold their grapes to the Champagne houses which account for 70 percent of production and 90 percent of exports. Recently, increasing numbers of growers are making growers’ Champagnes themselves, using their own grapes.
Syndicat des Grandes Marques
The Champagne houses used to be organized into a Syndicat des Grandes Marques, which had 28 members, not all of them of equal quality. That has now been superseded by the Club des Grandes Marques, with 24 participants: Ayala, Billecart-Salmon, Bollinger, Canard- Duchêne, Deutz, Dom Pérignon, Heidsieck & Co. Monopole, Henriot, Krug, Lanson, Laurent-Perrier, Moët & Chandon, G.H. Mumm, Perrier Jouët, Joseph Perrier, Piper-Heidsieck, Pol Roger, Pommery, Ch. & A Prieur, Louis Roederer, Ruinart, Salon, Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin.