"toasty, elegant, red berryish." Recommended by Anthony Rose, The Independent, May 2008
"...a desperately sexy wine to wallow in." Recommended by Matthew Jukes, Money Week, February 2008.
"...such a pretty wine..." Recommended by Susy Atkins, The Sunday Telegraph, February 2008
A family producer since 1860 founded by Edmond de Ayala located in the heart of the Champagne, a small jewel in a great terroir. Nicolas Klym has been the Cellar Master of Champagne Ayala for over 25 years and pays particular attention to the quality of the grapes in order to produce great cuvees.
Located in Aÿ, in the heart of the Montagne de Reims vineyards, Ayala naturally focuses on Grand Cru Pinot Noir for its Brut Majeur and its Vintage Brut. Ayala is a "small" house, the artisan of champagne-making. Its small size enables Ayala to produce "haute couture" by sourcing its grapes mainly in Grand Cru - (17 in total) and Premier Cru vineyards (44 in total out of 319 villages).
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. Longer ageing on the lees gives Ayala a vibrant zesty style with strong emphasis on black Pinot Noir fruity flavour.