Ayala Brut Majeur NV

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£24.95 per bottle
59 in stock

94 Points - Stuart McCloskey 

A beautiful floral nose – A little Jasmine evolves with some aeration. Very delicate, refined with a lovely sense of harmony (perhaps the femininity comes from Caroline Latrive’s deft touch – She certainly captures the house style beautifully). This is a beautifully delineated Champagne with a purity and length not often found at this price. Lots of tension - Really excellent. What's more, by Champagne standards this represents truly outstanding value.

91 Points Jeb Dunnuck 

The NV Brut Majeur comes from an estate just beside Bollinger and is a 40/40 split of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the balance Pinot Meunier. Aged 30 months on lees with 7 grams of dosage, it has a crisp, focused, even chiseled style to go with lovely notes of citrus, lemon curd, and white flowers. Drink this vibrant beauty over the coming 5-6 years.

91 Points - Josh Reynolds 

Light yellow. Lively, sharply focused lemon and green apple aromas pick up deeper melon and peach qualities with air. Spicy and precise on the palate, offering juicy citrus fruit and honeysuckle flavors and a touch of candied fig. Powerful yet lively, finishing with strong punch and building mineral and floral qualities. This suave Champagne has the heft to handle rich foods and the tension to work by itself.

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Style
Champagne & Sparkling
Food Match
Aperitif, Fish / Shellfish
ABV
12%

Taste & Aroma

Score:94

A beautiful floral nose – A little Jasmine evolves with some aeration. Very delicate, refined with a lovely sense of harmony (perhaps the femininity comes from Caroline Latrive’s deft touch – She certainly captures the house style beautifully). This is a beautifully delineated Champagne with a purity and length not often found at this price. Lots of tension - Really excellent. What's more, by Champagne standards this represents truly outstanding value.

Stuart McCloskey

Producer

Champagne Ayala is one of the original twenty-six Grandes Marques Champagne Houses, which was acquired by the Bollinger family in 2005 and remains the archetype of a great Champagne House. Established in 1860 in Aÿ, and surrounded by the area’s most prestigious vineyards, the core range of cuvées epitomises the dry and elegant House style. Ayala were pioneers in introducing a drier style of wine during the second half of the 19th century. Today, cellar master Caroline Latrive carefully ensures the House style is maintained, crafting wines renowned for their precision, delicacy and quality, which we have fallen in love with. Our previous House Champagne, Pierre Mignon was fantastic however, we believe this is a serious, qualitative step-up. Here Cru's such as Cremant for Chardonnay, Aÿ and Bouzy for Pinot Noir and Venteuil for Pinot Meunier have been used. These villages are some of the highest rated on the Echelle des Crus scale. Its extended ageing in cellar (minimum of 3 years on the less) makes it suitable for enjoying now.

Champagne Ayala, 1, rue Edmond de Ayala - 51160 Aÿ

Region

The Champagne region is one of the country’s most important wine regions and has been producing champagne for over 1000 years. South of Reims, Épernay is the capital and main trading ground for the area. French wine laws state that only sparkling wines from this region can be labelled as Champagne and they must adhere to strict appellation standards. 

The chalky soil (good for both water retention and also drainage) is perfect for the grapes needed for Champagne; Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Unlike the southern regions of France, Champagne has a mild, steady climate with low levels of sunshine with the ideal amount of rain. Wines from this region command high prices, often considerably more than other sparkling wines. We recommend Billecart Salmon Cuvee Brut Sous Bois or Egly Ouriet Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Champagne Glass

The Zalto Denk Art collection is luxury stemware which you can tell from the very first moment you feel, touch and use these glasses. Taking your first sip, you can feel the difference and it will bring your Champagne or Sparkling wine to life. Watch the bubbles rise from the bottom to the top, the delicately thin glass will blow your mind.
Ideal for: Champagne, Sparkling Wines, Prosecco, Spumante and Cava.

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