Bright and fresh with underlying complexity. One of my favourites.
Bone dry and highly acidic. This wine desperately needs to be drunk with food.
Such an amazing Champagne, clean taste. Very elegant.
Good, fresh minerality. Very nice! 94 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2012
Mais estrutura, forte aroma de tostado.
Yum. Yum. Why does he champagne style I prefer. Full-bodied, yeasty and toasty and screaming of baked lemon goods. I much prefer this to the lighter, more floral Champagnes out there.
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External Reviews for Ayala Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Majeur
Bollinger's collect of reserve wines allows them to make a non-vintage cuvée that has more depth, richness and complexity than most others. I'd serve it with fried chicken - those bubbles cut through the richness. Or with smoked salmon lox with a fresh bagel on a Sunday morning.
Jacques Joseph Bollinger was one of the first vintners to bottle dry Champagnes when he founded his firm in 1829. That style was retained as the house was passed down through the generation; today, it's run by Ghislain Montgolfier, Bollinger's great grandson. Pinot noir is a defining aspect of these wines, as is oak, which enriches them, dressing their substantial size in style, what Peter Liem described as "a ballplayer in a good suit." Super rich and gently powerful, Bollinger's current release of Special Cuvee is a grand non-vintage Brut. The aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle contrast spicy and broad flavors, full enough for roast sweetbreads.
A big, brash wine, this earns its sophistication with a contrast of red fruits, mineral salinity and Meyer lemon bitterness. This is smoky and firm, following a crisp line. This is a great wine for fish, whether a salmon mousse or a sea bass baked in a salt crust.
Tasting Notes - The Bollinger style is always rich food friendly and impressive. This wine is all of those things with power and intensity of flavor along with ripe fruit a layer of toastiness and a dry aftertaste. This is a style of wine that can take even more bottle aging.
This latest release of Special Cuveé holds closely to the house style. The bold, brisk and staid first taste may transport you to an oak-paneled men's club. It's all of a piece. sweet and gamey with a hard, sharp acidity, taut with exceptional effervescence. A robust aperitif.
25% chardonnay, 15% pinot meunier, 60% pinot noir. Deep golden straw in color with a slow persistent bead. Aromas of spicy sandalwood emerge, followed by toast, honey and mead. This is a robust, masculine Champagne with intense flavors of wood and ca... Chuck Hayward. A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. N.V. Bollinger Special Cuvee 750ml
The tiny bubbles and fineness of the mousse set the bar at sophisticated heights, and even the sheer mass of the wine doesn't knock it down. Special Cuvée is infused with elegance. The subtle scent of pressed flowers, the structural impression of fossilized shellfish shells, the lasting, potent red fruit of pinot noir - all of it comes together in a harmonious, lasting pleasure.
Food Pairings for Ayala Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Majeur
Pale gold in color with a fine mousse, the Brut Majeur is aromatic on the nose. On the palate, it is well balanced and shows great style and complexity. Pinot Noir gives the wine richness and a long finish while Chardonnay, from the finest soils of the Côte des Blancs, adds delicacy, liveliness and freshness. Pinot Meunier, predominantly from the Marne Valley, gives the wine its appealing fruitiness and roundness.
Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
41,665 cases made produced.
Notes: 30 months ageing on the lees.
|Sugar: 8.5 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 4.6 grams per liter|