The “Jewel of Ayala”, Chardonnay represents 80% of the blend and comes from 3 top Grand Cru villages in the Côte des Blancs, all rated 100% on the "échelle des crus" scale. The remaining 20% is Pinot Noir from Aÿ, the top Grand Cru for Pinot Noir.
- FRA - Champagne
"This is a cuvee prestige in every way. Made from 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, the accent is on length of palate and fineness. Theres an overtone of freshly-baked bread and toasted cashew which, although subtle, enhanced the base fruit superbly. Marvellous Champagne." Lester Jesberg, Winewise (Apr/2008)
"Ayalas top wine enlisting Blanc de Blancs as the base, with 20% of Grand Cru Pinot Noir added. Opens with citrus, cumquat, honey and toast aromas." Jeni Port, Epicure - The Age (12/Aug/2008)
The standout wine... Ayala is a more recent arrival in Australia. Its full-bodied palate shows hints of liquorice and brioche backed by fine Chardonnay structure. Perfectly balanced and well worth a try for something a little exotic." 5 Stars- Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times (17/Dec/2008 )
Winery Tasting Notes
As clear as crystal, its colour is pale golden yellow and displays a very light amber glint. Great finesse of the bubbles.
The first nose is like a bouquet of white flowers which then continues on notes of fresh nuts, brioche, toast and honey.
On the palate the wine is nice and round, harmonious, and reveals beautiful aromas of cooked fruits (pear, apricot) with delicate notes of spices. For the finish, the notes of the nose come back with an elegant freshness and great length.
At this stage, its freshness goes well along with delicate entrees such as carpaccio of duck foie gras, pastry of salmon and red mullet, raviolis of ris de veau and lobster.
1999 was granted very good climatic conditions: from budding to flower, the development of the grapes was quick and safe. From June 10 to 13, the flower season was short and perfect. During the summer season, heavy showers alternated with hot weather.
In spite of heavy rainfalls during harvest, the result was impressive as far as both quality and quantity were concerned. The allowed yield was 13 000 kg per hectare, 1 000 kg of which were devoted to the qualitative reserve. The alcohol degree was over 10. This harvest reminds us of 1970 where the volume & the quality were both splendid. 1999 is another great Vintage for champagne lovers!