Ayala Brut Majeur
Pale gold in color with a fine mousse, the wine is aromatic on the nose. On the palate, it is well balanced and shows great finesse and complexity.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the best grand- and premier crus bring vinosity and delicacy together in a very harmoniously balanced blend.The complement of Pinot Meunier adds a charming touch of fruitiness and liveliness.
Delicious as an aperitif, Brut Majeur is also the... View More
Perhaps one of Champagne's purest Bruts, the non-vintage Ayala Brut Mejeur highlights excellent ripe fruit, some nice aged elements and a superior crispness in the end. A perfect match with raw oysters on-the-half-shell. Medium to straw in color; chalk and peach fuzz in the nose, most certainly an amalgamation of fruit and earth; dry, perky acidity, well balanced; fresh core fruit, with an a accent of mineral in the flavors; fresh and frisky in the aftertaste. (Tasted: March 3, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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.
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.
Ayala's NV Brut Majeur is a solid entry-level wine. Dried pear, hazelnut, spice and licorice notes open up in a pretty, toasted NV Champagne to drink now and over the next few years. The Pinot comes through loud and clear in the wine's breadth and overall texture.
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 that is also structured. The cellarmaster continues to reduce the dosage (sugar) so there is a crisp, tight aftertaste. Editor's Choice.
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.