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Ayala Brut Majeur

750 ml.

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Where it's produced

Country:
France
Region:
Champagne

What's in the Bottle

45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier

Product Details

Type:
Sparkling Wine
Brand:
Ayala
Size:
750 ml.
Vintage:
NV
Item #:
34671
Case:
12 bottles
UPC:
816360001027
Status:
New

Ayala Brut Majeur  NV / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

92
92 pts. : November 30, 2011

There’s a firm, chalky edge to this minerally Champagne, and mouthwatering flavors of candied lemon peel, green apple, crystallized honey and biscuit. This has an elegant texture and an overall sense of style. Drink now through 2020.

92
92 pts. : December 31, 2011

Ayala, owned by Bollinger Champagne sine 2005 but operated independently, offers excellent value with this Brut NV, sourcing grapes almost entirely from grands cru even though it’s their most widely available bottling. Its overall quality can be attributed to the fact that chef de cave Nicolas Klym focused on the outstanding 2008 vintage for 80 percent of the blend. The remaining 20 percent is composed of reserve wine from the 2007 vintage.

91
91 pts.: Nov 15, 2012

Dry and creamy in texture, this well-cut Champagne offers flavors of ripe yellow apple, white raspberry, anise, pastry and lemon curd. Completed by a stony, mineral-tinged finish. Disgorged April 2011. Drink now through 2017.

90
90 pts.: December 1, 2013

Luscious ripeness lends this wine a quince-like flavor, feeling round and generous against the chalky briskness of Champagne. For all its fruitiness, this is dry, firm and grounded, a clean aperitif or a first-course wine for a rabbit terrine.

90
90 pts.: Nov/Dec 2012

Bright yellow-gold. A perfumed, mineral-accented bouquet evokes lemon, jasmine and chalk. Racy and dry, with strong citrus zest and pear flavors and a hint of bitter quinine on the back end. The long, incisive finish shows very good energy and an appealing seamless character. Nicely balanced Champagne that would work well with either rich or delicate foods.

89
89 pts.: 12/1/2011

Now owned by Bollinger, Ayala’s Champagnes have seen great improvement in recent years. This nonvintage Brut is complex, with its dry character given weight by a hind of toast, almonds and a taut aftertaste.

89
89 pts. : Nov/Dec 2009

Bright yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of baked apple, pear skin, toasted nuts and brown spices. Rich and fleshy, offering palate-coating orchard fruit flavors and notes of allspice, herbs and toasty lees. Nicely blends sweetness and spiciness but finishes a bit abruptly, with an echo of dusty minerals.

89
89 pts. : December 1, 2009

Lush red apple flavors and cool, leesy mineral character combine in this clean, full-bodied Champagne. Its gentle, slightly sweet fruit will match crab.

88
88 pts.: 1st Dec 2010

The NV Brut Majeur shows lovely balance in an approachable, up-front style well-suited to near-term drinking. Clean, mineral notes add a sense of proportion on the fresh, vibrant finish. The blend is 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, 80% of which is from the 2004 vintage, while the rest of the wine is composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reserve wines. Disgorged January, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010–2014.

87
87 pts.: December 1, 2012

High-toned citrus meets chalky persistence in this simple, airy Champagne. The finish hints at tangerine flavors. For aperitifs.

Member Store Reviews

Bright citrus notes dominate initially, but give way to smooth toasty elements and ripe stone fruit flavors. Medium-bodied with tiny bubbles, the Ayala is a great value in true French Champagne. Not just for toasts, you can also drink this with party foods (pretzels, cheese platters, popcorn), grilled fish, or creamy pasta dishes.