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5 May 2014 News

Snooth.com just released a piece on April’s Most Exciting Wines, according to their favorite wine professionals. Jenny Benzie, former sommelier at the Michael’s in Santa Monica and the Pearl on Nantucket, had the following to say about Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2005:

“While I have always been a fan of their Brut Majeur and Rose Majeur, this was my first experience with their BdB and I can guarantee you that it will not be my last.

This is the first vintage of this wine produced by Ayala with their current winemaker since the purchase of the property in 2005 by the family Bollinger. The wine is 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay and is aged for at least six years after disgorgement before release.

Soft gold color with refined mousse, this Champagne shows the quality of the vintage. The nose shows a hint of maturity with pear, ripe pineapple and a hint of almond. Creamy, rich, intense and pure on the palate which will inspire you to drink more. An amazing value for a vintage selection.”

Click here to read the full article!

 
19 November 2013 News

Wine & Spirits Magazine just published their annual reviews on Champagne. All four Ayala Champagnes received excellent scores of 90 or higher – click here for a summary of the reviews!

 

 
7 November 2013 News

The Washington Post’s Lifestyle “Food” section featured “5 Wines to try”, giving recommendations on their top picks for the week. Of the 5 choices, Champagne Ayala’s Brut Rosé Majeur was the top pick, with 3 stars for being “Exceptional”. Click here for the review and more recommendations.

 
27 September 2013 News

In the new issues from John Gilman’s View from the Cellar, Champagne Ayala received some great new reviews. See below for scores and tasting notes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ayala “Brut Majeur” NV – 91 Points: “I really like the style of Ayala’s non-vintage wines, which offer up great purity and nascent complexity in a format that will clearly age well. The most recent release offers up a bright and classy nose of green apple, lemon, bread dough, lovely minerality and a topnote of citrus zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with fine mousse, crisp acids and very good focus and grip on the long and youthful finish. This is already a classy bottle of bubbly for early drinking, but this will clearly blossom with a year or two in the cellar to let its structural elements relax a bit and secondary layers of complexity to emerge. A fine bottle. 2013-2025.” 

Ayala “Brut Majeur” Rosé NV – 90+ Points: “The current release of the non-vintage Ayala “Brut Majeur” Rosé is a lovely wine that offers up plenty of pleasure in the glass already, but is still on the young side and will be even better with a year or two’s worth of bottle age. The wine offers up a really lovely, pale pink color and a fine, high-toned bouquet of white cherries, tangerine, chalky minerality, bread dough and a touch of citrus peel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and nascently complex, with pinpoint bubbles, snappy acids and fine focus and grip on the long and zesty finish. I had absolutely no trouble finishing the bottle up now, but in a perfect world, I would love to tuck this wine in the cellar for a few years and really let it blossom! Ayala is really making good wines these days! 2014-2020+.”

Ayala Blanc de Blancs “Brut Millésimé”2005 – 92+ Points: “The 2005 Ayala Blanc de Blancs “Brut Millésimé” is really a lovely wine that is cut from the high-toned and elegant side of chardonnay-based bubbly and is drinking beautifully right out of the blocks. All of the grapes for this cuvée come from the grand cru villages of Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Chouilly and was aged just over six years on the lees prior to disgorgement and preparation for the market. The bright and vibrant nose offers up a complex constellation of delicious apples, peach, warm bread, a dollop of fresh nutmeg, a very fine base of minerality and a bit of almond in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and really quite nicely structured for this riper vintage, with a lovely core, zesty acids, refined mousse and outstanding length and grip on the focused, complex and dancing finish. Just a very classy bottle of vintage-dated Blanc de Blancs that will age effortlessly, but is already very tempting. 2013-2030+.”

 
4 August 2013 News

Friday July 19th Wine Spectator’s Daily Pick for “More than $30” was Champagne Ayala’s’s Blanc de Blancs 2005. The Blanc de Blancs received 93 points with a review as follows: “Tightly knit, this Champagne is more about the fine structure today, but nonetheless offers a pretty note of honeysuckle wafting through the subtle flavors of crunchy pear, blanched almond, smoke and ground ginger. Disgorged July 2012. Drink now through 2028.”   To read more reviews click here.

 
20 June 2013 News

Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2005 hits the Wine Spectator Insider!  Great comments and 93 Point rating.  Click the image below read the review and for the full issue.