Ayala Brut Majeur NV (2 x 750mL), Champagne, France.

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Overview

The NV Brut is always the best expression of the style of a great Champagne House. At Ayala, we take every step to make one of the finest Champagne.

Brut Majeur is the result of the blending of a particular harvest with quality reserve wines. Aÿ being the capital of Pinot Noir, this noble grape is always central thus ensuring the vinosity, the fullness and the intensity of the wine.

Chardonnay gives elegance, liveliness and finesse, and Pinot Meunier adds a delicate fresh and fruity note. The cellar master is an artist, and every new cuvee he creates is a work of art, the result of very rigorous selections among innumerable possibilities.

Region:
FRA - Champagne
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

The regime of improvement at Ayala is beginning to show as a greater presence of chardonnay brings a newfound freshness of ripe lemon fruit and fine minerality. There are nuances of spice and a subtle honeyed sweetness of dosage on the finish, amid a creamy bead and lingering citrus linearity. Rating 92 - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2012 - 2013

Ayala is a very interesting house and one to watch, gently finessing styles within the accepted major categories to create a compelling point of difference. The pinot-dominant blend drives bold flavour and lower dosage, providing a savoury and more defined style. There are dried out red-cherry fruits, gentle spices and smooth, zesty bite, finishing with savoury, nutty tannin. Rating 92 - Nick Stock Good Wine Guide 2012

Winery Tasting Notes

Appearance

Pale gold in colour with a very fine mousse.

Aroma

The wine is aromatic on the nose.

Palate

On the palate, it is well balanced and shows great finesse and complexity.Pinot Noir and Chardonnay bring vinosity and delicacy together in a very harmoniously balanced blend. The complement of Pinot Meunier adds a charming touch of fruitiness and liveliness.

Cellaring

More than 2,5 years on the lees. Rests in the cellars for at least 3 months after disgorgement.

Food Matching

Delicious as an aperitif, Brut Majeur is also the perfect wine to serve throughout a meal. It will pair perfectly with sea food, scallops, lobster, crab, fresh or grilled fish, fish terrines, salmon or beef carpaccio, as well as with sushi and Asian cuisine. Brut Majeur also goes along extremely well with white meats, hot pot (“potée champenoise”) and white pudding (“boudin blanc”).

Cheeses: Soft and mouldy cheeses such as Boursault, Coulommiers, Chaource, Brie, Brillat-Savarin...

Desserts: Major parings include crumble with red berries or figs, fruit-based desserts (apple, pear or peach tarts), almond paste, frangipane pastries such as the French “Galette des Rois”.

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

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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