Ayala Brut Majeur NV (France: Champagne)

Name Ayala Brut Majeur NV
Varietal Champagne
Region France: Champagne
Notes "An elegant Champagne, offering a subtle palate of black raspberry, fresh ginger, biscuit and chalk flavors carried on the finely woven mousse. Ends with a firm finish. Drink now through 2019. 46,000 cases made." (Wine Spectator) This winery is owned by Bollinger!!!

Additional Notes

"Ayala, based in Aÿ in the heart of Champagne, has been transformed since Bollinger bought it in 2005 and this nonvintage proves it. This is a balanced blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier. The result is crisp while not too dry, and therefore drinkable as an apéritif. Apple and bright citrus combine with green plums to give a fruity wine…" (Wine Enthusiast) "Lively, sharply focused lemon and green apple aromas pick up deeper melon and peach qualities with air. Spicy and precise on the palate, offering juicy citrus fruit and honeysuckle flavors and a touch of candied fig. Powerful yet lively, finishing with strong punch and building mineral and floral qualities. This suave Champagne has the heft to handle rich foods and the tension to work by itself." (Josh Raynolds, Vinous)



Scores Press* Points Other  
WS: 90 pts  
WE: 90 pts Editors' Choice  
IWC: 91 pts  
Other ABV% Body Oak Org/Bio/Sus
12.0 Medium Light

WA = Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)
WS = Wine Spectator
WE = Wine Enthusiast
W&S = Wine & Spirits Magazine
VIN = Vinous
DEC = Decanter