Ayala Vintage Millesime Pinot Noir Chardonnay 1999 (6 x 750mL), France

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Overview

This magnificent vintage cuvee is a true expression of the intensity and the richness of Grand Cru Pinot Noir which accounts for 80% of the blend. The remaining 20% is Chardonnay, also from Grand Crus vineyards.

Region:
FRA - Champagne
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

4 Stars & 16.8/20 Points "Clean, fresh, attractive Pinot Noir-domint aroma. Lovely, ripe fruit, good depth of flavor, acidity spot on. Stylish." Decanter (UK), January 2009

92 Points "A ripe, soft wine that still does mage to preserve the Ayala lightness of touch. The fruit is green apple and pink grapefruit with great freshness. The structure, though, is open and hints of yeast show through the fruit. The aftertaste is deliciously fresh." Wine Enthusiast (US) (USA), December 2008

96 Points "Baked apple, currant and raisin toast on the nose. But the palate is what counts: searing lime zest and blackberry pip stacked onto tight minerally acidity. Lovely mouth aromas of nutty toast. Pure class." Australian Fincial Review, Tim White (Australia), 30 Nov 08

Winery Tasting Notes

As a major characteristic of the vintage, Pinot Noir shows a lot of strength and vinosity to which Chardonnay brings a nice touch of freshness.Some lovely well developed aromas of honey, acacia, toast and chestnut, very Pinot Noir. A very good structure of the wine, quite intense but definitely not heavy. Superb bouquet and fabulous on the palate: this vintage is one of the best of the 1990’s.

Vintage
1999
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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