Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne NV
Founded by Edmond De Ayala in 1860, the House Ayala possesses a remarkable history, rooted in the visionary spirit that resonates with its melodious name from distant lands. The name Ayala appears almost serendipitous, intricately tailored for the village of Aÿ, where the House has proudly stood since its inception. Edmond De Ayala, an inquisitive and bold personality, consistently pursued the path less travelled. Vibrant with the essence of excellence and a spirit of adventure, the House of Ayala continues to be inspired by the indomitable founder who paved its way. In contrast to the prevailing French tradition of dosage, which exceeded 150 g/L during that era, Edmond De Ayala took a bold and audacious move by unveiling "dry champagne" in 1865, with a mere 21 g/L dosage. As a true pioneer, he possessed a discerning vision to revolutionize the Champagne landscape by introducing a drier style, which has created a profound impact to the modern world.
Through bespoke craftsmanship, House Ayala employs a tailored approach, working with a diverse selection of crus to achieve the utmost balance and skilfully express the exceptional terroir surrounding Chardonnay, the house's emblematic grape variety. Champagne Ayala relentlessly pursues the finest raw materials from the Champagne region and currently boasts a palette of 70 crus, with 50 of them dedicated to Chardonnay. These crus are sourced from the most esteemed terroirs of Champagne. This remarkable diversity, a distinctive feature of the house, contributes to the complexity and vibrant aromatic freshness found in their blends. The house maintains 20 hectares of their own vineyards, situated in esteemed locations such as the Montagne de Reims, encompassing Aÿ Grand Cru and Dizy, as well as the Côte des Blancs, including Chouilly and Oger, both classified as Grands Crus. Additionally, they have vineyards in Champvoisy and Passy-Grigny in the Vallée de la Marne. With an unwavering commitment to pure expression of the raw materials, Champagne Ayala is transitioning their vineyards to organic viticulture and has obtained HEV and VDC certifications. The House consistently fosters trusting relationships with winegrowers and supports them in their environmental endeavours.
Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne NV is definitely the ideal ambassador of representing the style of Ayala. This cuvée showcases the purity and elegance of the house's emblematic grape variety - Chardonnay, which constitutes 55% of the blend together with 30% Pinot Noir and 15% Meunier. The Ayala essence is further magnified by the low dosage and the vinification process in stainless steel vats, which meticulously preserve the primary aromas. A prolonged maturation period of three years in the cellars adds the final flourish to this cuvée, where harmony and precision harmoniously coexist with finesse and elegance. The wine exhibits a captivating light gold color, accompanied by refined and delicate bubbles that gracefully dance in the glass. On the nose, it reveals an expressive and nuanced bouquet, where the aromas of citrus fruits, white flowers, and fresh fruits intertwine harmoniously, creating a delightful olfactory experience. Upon tasting, the palate is treated to a balanced and refreshing sensation, characterized by precision and a vibrant fruitiness that tantalizes the senses.
Perfect for an apéritif, the enchanting Brut Majeur not only delights as a prelude to a meal but also possesses the versatility to elevate every course to extraordinary heights. From succulent white fish and delectable shellfish to tender poultry and a tantalizing cheese platter, this exceptional cuvée effortlessly harmonizes with a wide array of culinary creations, ensuring that each bite is enhanced with its finesse and charm.
The Finer Details
Style - Champagne
Varietal - 55% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier
Country - France
Region - Champagne
Vintage - Non-Vintage
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 12%