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Ayala Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Majeur NV

Winemaker's Notes:

AGEING More than 2.5 years on the lees. After disgorgement, the Brut Majeur rests in the cellars for at least another 3 months.

Ayala:
The origin of the grapes, the selection of only the very best juice (the cuvee), a special gift for blending, long ageing in the cellars and a true passion for wine : these are the elements that guarantee the quality of the champagne made at Ayala. Indeed, Ayala Champagne is above all considered as a wine, a great wine which has to fully express its aromas and its bouquet, a wine for wine lo... Read more
The origin of the grapes, the selection of only the very best juice (the cuvee), a special gift for blending, long ageing in the cellars and a true passion for wine : these are the elements that guarantee the quality of the champagne made at Ayala. Indeed, Ayala Champagne is above all considered as a wine, a great wine which has to fully express its aromas and its bouquet, a wine for wine lovers who share the same passion. That is why the back labels give all the important information about the cuvees as well as the date of disgorgement, wich enables the aficionados to better manage their cellar. Champagne Ayala invites you to discover a very complex range of wines. Read less

Member Reviews for Ayala Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Majeur

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Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
4.00 5
07/26/2009

Bright and fresh with underlying complexity. One of my favourites.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
2.50 5
02/20/2009

Bone dry and highly acidic. This wine desperately needs to be drunk with food.


Snooth User: vrenault
1418611,349
5.00 5
07/03/2012

Such an amazing Champagne, clean taste. Very elegant.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
06/30/2012

Good, fresh minerality. Very nice! 94 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2012


Snooth User: RobertoPatriarca
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4.50 5
07/30/2009

Mais estrutura, forte aroma de tostado.


Snooth User: shoshkosherwine
37358124
4.50 5
04/24/2008

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.


Snooth User: DrunkPandas
128679546
4.50 5
01/17/2014

Favorite champagne within $20 (up or down) of this price point


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External Reviews for Ayala Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Majeur

External Review
09/27/2011

Complex aromas and flavors of rose, grilled nuts, citrus and a gently oxidative note course through this muscular, full-bodied bubbly. Despite its power, there's a gracefulness. The aftertase combines citrus and spice. - According to the Wine Spectator:


External Review
10/06/2009

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
11/16/2010

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


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Tasting Notes:

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.

AGEING More than 2.5 years on the lees. After disgorgement, the Brut Majeur rests in the cellars for at least another 3 months.

Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic

41,665 cases made produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 30 months ageing on the lees.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 8.5 grams per liter Total Acidity: 4.6 grams per liter

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