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Ayala Brut Majeur

Champagne,
 NV

$54.06 $43.49/bottle

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Description

Made from a blend of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House

Variety: Champagne
Region: Champagne, France
Winemaker: Champagne Ayala
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 12.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Color: Bight gold, with abundant and fine bubbles

Nose: Open and expressive. Delicate, unveiling notes of citrus, flowers and white fruits

Palate: Balanced, combining freshness and vinosity. Precise, fruity and characterized by a long finish

John's Notes

I recently featured this Ayala Champagne on a virtual tasting with a client’s senior management team

Brilliant gold in color, the nose is equally enticing with notes of yellow apple, lemon, perfectly ripe strawberry, baked brioche, and white roses. On the palate, unfolding primary layers of citrus (lemon, pink grapefruit, lime rind), apple (yellow and green), and strawberry orchestrate with white flowers, baked bread and toasted baguette, ‘just-right’ acidity,  plus a touch of honey and suggestions of wet leaves on a fall day.  The bubbles are fine and persistent.  The finish is long and pleasant.  Most enjoyable

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Champagne Ayala

  • Edmond de Ayala, was founder of the House in 1860
  • In 2005 the Bollinger family bought this fine estate which today employs about 15 people, keeping the family spirit of its origin

Variety:  40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier

Region: Champagne, France

Climate:

  • Champagne’s climate is generally considered to be cool, continental with growers often challenged by winter freeze, spring frosts, and rainy, cloudy weather

Winemaking:  All about the elegance

  • Vinifications are conducted in small thermo-regulated stainless steel vats with low dosage levels (~ 7g/L)
  • The wine undergoes extended ageing in our cellars (average of 3 years of aging on lees)
  • 2013 disgorgement

Alcohol: 12.0%

Pairs Well With:  Seared scallops, Asiago cheese, fresh fruit

Reviews

Wilfred Wong (92): In the world of non-vintage brut, the Ayala Brut Majeur has been one of the world’s standard bearers of this prestigious category. This wine shines with elegance and complexity. Its intricate mix of tart apples, brisk minerality, and faint yeastiness prime it perfectly with seared scallops and a squeeze of fresh lime

Wine Enthusiast (91): Part of the Bollinger group, this nonvintage cuvée is sophisticated, with ripe fruit, acidity and tangy orange-zest flavors all in balance. A final fresh twist gives a great lift

Wine Spectator (90): Smoke and forest floor notes lead the way here, with the chalky texture carrying subtle flavors of grilled nut, lemon meringue and dried currant. Balanced, offering smoke details on the fresh finish

Decanter (90): Broad, expressive nose – lots of yeastiness on display, plus spice, floral and some toffee and caramel notes. The palate is clean and precise, showing elegant fruit characters and some burnt biscuit flavors too. Classic Champagne style, very conventional but decent complexity

Wine & Spirits (90): Luscious ripeness lends this wine a quince-like flavor, feeling round and generous against the chalky briskness of Champagne. For all its fruitiness, this is dry, firm and grounded, a clean aperitif or a first-course wine for a rabbit terrine

James Suckling (90): Lots of pear and apple flavors with a hint of biscuit. Full body. Plenty of rich fruit and a tangy finish. Lots of acidity here

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