Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur NV
Type: Champagne Volume: 750ml
Country: France Region: Champagne
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
(AG=91) (the same blend as the Brut Nature, with 7 g/l dosages; disgorged in September 2013; L1405A0B01): Light yellow. Lively, sharply focused lemon and green apple aromas pick up deeper melon and peach qualities with air. Spicy and precise on the palate, offering juicy citrus fruit and honeysuckle flavours and a touch of candied fig. Powerful yet lively, finishing with a strong punch and building mineral and floral qualities. This suave Champagne has the heft to handle rich foods and the tension to work by itself.
(WS=91) Dry and creamy in texture, this well-cut Champagne offers flavours 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. 50,000 cases made.
(JS=90) Lots of pear and apple flavours with a hint of biscuit. Full body. Plenty of rich fruit and a tangy finish. Lots of acidities here. Drink now. (RP=88) 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 to 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.