Champagne AYALA is one of the longest-established champagne Houses; it has been based in Ay, at the heart of the great champagne vineyards, since it was founded over 150 years ago. Independent and family-owned, it is still today the archetype of a great and historic House, producing top quality wines which are enjoyed throughout the world for their freshness and elegance.
Edmond de Ayala, founder of the House in 1860, came from a family that had always aspired to go one step further. His ancestors bequeathed him with a sense of excellence and a taste for adventure that drove him to settle in Ay in order to learn about winemaking. From the very beginning, the House quickly became a reference both in France and overseas. As a young champagne House, Champagne AYALA owed its rapid expansion in large part to Fernand de Ayala, Edmond's younger brother, who in 1863 settled in London where he mixed with British aristocracy and introduced the House's unique flavour profile to British connoisseurs, notably with the 1865 vintage that had a very low dosage for the time. During the same period, the House was one of the founding member of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques in 1882 and also contributed to the creation of London's Benevolent Trust in 1886.
The 1920s were a remarkable golden age during which Champagne AYALA produced over a million bottles each year, ranking the House amongst the top brands in Champagne at the moment. Champagne AYALA was also official supplier to the royal courts of England and Spain and hired over 100 workers. The grandeur of that period is also exemplified by the rich iconography that the House inspired: the numerous advertising posters and artistic drawings from the era are the best testimonies of that splendour.
Ayala Blanc de Blancs is produced in small quantities in exceptional years only and fully expresses the superb calibre of great Chardonnay from the best crus of the Cote des Blancs. After 6 years of ageing in the cellars, remarkable minerality and low dosage make this an outstanding wine that can accompany a variety of flavoursome dishes including poultry and fish, or be served on its own to celebrate a special occasion.
Dosage: 6 grams per litre.
Bright, light yellow in colour, with very fine and abundant bubbles. Delicate aromas, but very expressive, the nose features a great aromatic freshness, with notes of lemon, white fruits, yellow plums and frangipani. Right from the start, the palate is light, yet voluptuous and vibrant, showing a silky texture with a touch of raciness. It features notes of citrus fruit and white flowers, culminating in a long finish, tightly wound on a pure line of the chalky minerality that Cote des Blancs is famous for.
Le Blanc de Blancs 2012 is a great epicurian aperitif on its own, but will also pair beautifully with seared sea scallops with preserved Meyer lemon or with a turbot fillet with a seaweed-infused beurre blanc sauce.