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.
Rose Majeur is the perfect embodiment of the originality and finesse of the House's wines. Made predominantly from Chardonnay it is crafted with the addition of a small proportion of Pinot Noir from the best crus of the Montagne de Reims. A low dosage enables it to express the House style, both feminine and generous, with great elegance.
Average 3-years ageing on the lees
Pale, with a delicate pink hue. The nose is charming, generous and open. It reveals aromas of red berries (strawberries and raspberries) and vine peaches. The palate is light yet expressive. It shows great freshness due to the high proportion of Chardonnay in the blend. Notes of red gooseberries and raspberries, with a lengthy and voluptuous finish.