Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur 2012
Rosé Majeur displays a lovely light cherry core with a delicate copper glint, enhanced by a beautiful necklace of fine and long-lasting bubbles. On the nose, the wine reveals a seductive bouquet of red fruits (strawberries, raspberries, a hint of cassis…) enhanced by the freshness and the finesse delivered by the high proportion of Chardonnay. On the palate, Rosé Majeur is vinous and fleshy, with a very nice balance between the relative strength of the tannins and the delicacy of Chardonnay, leading to a very generous finish. AYALA Rosé Majeur is perfect served as an aperitif or with appetizers, but it will also be superb with salmon to balance the fat, with roasted lamb, or with a dessert of red fruits.
External Reviews for Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur
WS 92 Pts - #77 on Wine Spectators Top 100 Wines of 2011 - Winemaker Notes - Now in the ownership of the Bollinger Champagne House comes Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne. Pale gold in colour with a fine mousse. This wine is rich and aromatic on the nose
#77 of Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2011 , Ayala, founded in 1860 is one of the original Grand Marque Champagne houses. Located in the historic village of Ay where the renowned house of Bollinger also resides, Bollinger took over Ayala in 2005. In contrast to the robust house style of Bollinger, Ayala has a more elegant and fruity style with a higher percentage of Chardonnay in the blend (40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Menieur). Thw Wine Spectator it scored it 92 points and made it a top 100 selection. Wine Enthusiast scored it 91 points saying "A beautifully balanced non-vintage, in the lighter style that is Ayala's hallmark. It is fresh, but shows a good amount of blend with older wines to give weight and complexity. The green fruit flavors are well balanced with secondary aromas of almonds, green berries and lively but not dominant acidity"