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CHAMPAGNE AYALA

18 December 2015 News

A full page spread in the first few pages of Decanter features Ayala’s Chouilly Grand Cru vineyard.  Text as follows: “Ayala, a house in the heart of the old Champagne capital of Aÿ, has had a tumultuous history.  After all the winery buildings were destroyed in the winemakers’ revolt of 1911, it recovered in the 1920s to produce more than a million bottles annually.  Following World War II many of its vineyards were sold, but then in 2005 Bollinger bought Ayala with the intention of restoring it to its former glory.  The grand cru vineyard pictured here, in the Côtes des Blancs village of Chouilly, is just under one hectare, made up of six plots.  The 40-year-old Chardonnay vines thrive in the belemnite chalk soil, which allows the roots to dig deeply for nutrients and retain moisture.  This prized limestone terroir contributes characteristic high acidity, freshness and intensity to the Chardonnay grapes, as well as a creamy delicacy to the wines.” See below!