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.
- FRA - Champagne
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
Pale gold in colour with a fine mousse.
The wine is extremely aromatic on the nose.
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.
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".
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.