Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne
I'm a fan of the Ayala house style, a model of delicacy and elegance. This bottling of the Brut Majeur, disgorged in July of 2012 (a blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier) is open and fragrant, highly mineral, with light notes of white chocolate, brioche, acacia blossoms and honey. The palate is deceptively powerful, delivering significant depth and complexity on a light and tight frame. Excellent length supported by riveting acids. This is the type of champagne that should continue to evolve slowly and favourably in the cellar, but it's certainly delicious now. A fine value. Score: 92 (John Szabo, MS, www.WineAlign.com, Jan 2013)
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This is a bright and cheerful Champagne using all three grapes allowed within the Appelation; Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Visually, very beautiful bubbles with aromas of citrus notes, green apple, buttered croissant and nutty. Medium bodied, dry and creamy with balanced green apple acidity and some minerality. This Champagne's finish is long refreshing and citrusy. Very enjoyable.
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