Ayala Zero Dosage Brut Nature NV (6 x 750mL), Champagne, France. RRP$104.99

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RRP $104.99

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Overview

The NV Brut is always the best expression of the style of a great Champagne House. “Zero Dosage” which is exactly the same blend as the Brut Majeur but with absolutely no dosage - it is quality expressed in the wine’s most pure style.

Region:
FRA - Champagne
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

Laurent Perrier was producing a Grand Vin Sans Sucre 120 years ago, so the idea of using no sweetening is nothing new. But it requires long ageing on lees to build enough richness and complexity to make the addition of sugar irrelevant when the wine is disgorged. This wine has zesty citrus fruit over a mineral base that drives a crisp, lively palate (ideal for oysters) which isn't especially complex but is long and well balanced. Rating 93 - James Halliday's Top 100, The Weekend Australian Magazine (13-14/Nov/2010)

"One of the tidiest dry-style Champagnes around, made without dosage. Fine, spicy red floral nose, the palate delivers punchy fruit presence in an ideal aperitif style." Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE (01/Dec/2010)

"Ayala’s style is quite dry anyway but this excellent wine goes further, without the liqueuring that adds plumpness and sweetness to most champagnes. The result is deliciously pristine. Pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier grapes give crisp citrus and apple characters, in bready bottle-ferment complexity, with fine texture and zesty, lip-smacking flavour." 5 Stars - Ralph Kyte Powell, The AGE, (02/Nov/2010)

"The wines of Ayala have improved out of sight since Bollinger purchased the property back in 2005. The mouthwatering Brut ZD – reference to the fact that this wine was bottled without the addition of any sweetened base wine – is the ultimate aperitif, incorporating a ruthless selection process and utilising fruit from selected grand and premier cru vineyards. With chardonnay taking the leading role, expect restrained citrus/stone fruit, toast and honey. Look forward to a full and rich palate, with plenty of bright bubbles and a long, dry finish." Matt Skinner, Matt Skinner's Wine Guide 2011 (01/Jul/2010)

"Ayala’s zero-dosage champagne is one of the tidiest dry-style champagnes around, essentially the base cuvee of the Brut Majeur without dosage. Superb fine, spicy red floral nose; the palate is focused and zesty with a punchy fruit presence that makes this an ideal aperitif style. Needless to say, it finishes refreshing and dry." Rating 93 & 4 1/2 Stars - Nick Stock, Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010

Winery Tasting Notes

Appearance

Pale gold in colour with a fine mousse.

Aroma

The wine is extremely aromatic on the nose.

Palate

On the palate, it is quite dry and shows great finesse and complexity. Pinot Noir gives the wine richness and a long finish while Chardonnay, from the finest soils of the Côte des Blancs, adds delicacy, liveliness and freshness. Pinot Meunier, mainly from the Marne Valley, gives the wine an appealing fruitiness.

Food Matching

Ideal as an apertif, it will pair perfectly with seafood, cavier, scallops, lobster, crab, salmon... Sushis and Asian food are also a very good pairing.

Cheese: Soft and mouldy cheeses such as Boursault, Coulommiers, Chaource, Brie, Brillant-Savarin.

Desserts: Majour parings include crumble with red berries or figs, almond paste, frangipane pastries such as the French "galette des rois".

Winemaking Notes

67% Pinot Noir, 26% Chardonnay and 7% Pinot Meunier.

The NV Brut is always the best expression of the style of a great Champagne House. To show the exceptional quality of our Brut Majeur, we created "Zero Dosage" which is exactly the same blend as our Brut Majeur but with absolutely no dosage: Quality expressed in the wine's most pure style.

Vintage
non-vintage
Region
FRA - Champagne
Grape Style
Champagne
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
12%

Winery Profile

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Ayala was founded in 1860 and such was their success they were invited as a foundation member of the "Syndicat des Grandes Marques" in 1882, an organisation restricted to the leading Houses. With fruit from Grand and Premier Crus Ayala has offered consistent style and quality and was purchased by Bollinger in 2005.

Ayala shares the same quality imperiative as Bollinger with wines of a different style. In its December 2006 edition the prestigious and influential French magazine "La Revue du Vin de France" selected Ayala Brut Majeur as a "Grand Vin" and included it (together with Bollinger Special Cuvee) in their Top 5 champagnes that illustrated the different styles of champagnes - Ayala being selected as being both an aperitif as well as for the table.

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