Champagne Ayala - Press Comments

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Champagne Ayala

Brut Majeur

“Impressive fruit presence on the nose and palate here. This delivers nectarines and peaches in abundance with bright strawberries building into the fleshy, tangy finish. Fruit-focused, refreshing style.” 92 points

James Suckling,
5th September 2018


Brut Nature

“A solid and fresh Champagne with a lemony, apple and creamy character. Fine texture to the bubbles. Medium body. Delicious finish. Very dry. No dosage.” 93 points

James Suckling,
2nd September 2019


Rosé Majeur

“Very attractive, bright strawberry and blueberry aromas here. Superb freshness and attractive fragrance with focused, fine textural detail on the palate. Disgorged in December 2017.” 93 points

James Suckling,
5th September 2018


Le Blanc de Blancs 2014

“Mandarin, plum and honey aromatics. The palate is quite weighty with some sandalwood and yellow fruit notes. There is a classy effervescence here; poise and precision.” 92 points

Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

“Lemon yellow. Apple and touch of peach with biscuits. Palate firm and fresh, with creamy mousse, touch of biscuit, lots of apple fruit, from ripe and fresh to some dried apple and apple skin too. Very dry slightly firm chalky finish with touch of hazelnut. Persistent, layered.” Gold Medal, Chardonnay Masters 2020

Patrick Schmitt, The Drinks Business


Le Blanc de Blancs 2013

“A first whiff of lemon zest immediately sets the tone. More air and swirling then reveals a backdrop of chalk but also the enticing, cloud-like zestiness of lemon meringue pie. The palate comes in on very light feet – on tiptoe, in fact – but rather than mouth-puckering lemon, you get ultra-light, exquisite creaminess that almost has an edge of lemon oil, bedded on soft, gentle autolysis. A picture of elegance and lightness.” 95 points

Anne Krebiehl MW, Decanter
December 2020

“A dense and flavorful blanc de blancs with lots of cooked-apple and sweet pie-crust character. Full body. Rich and almost decadent. Heavier than some, but turns fresh at the end.” 92 points

James Suckling,
2nd September 2019


Le Blanc de Blancs 2012

“Mid gold. Richness of doughy, bready lees, with a marked marine, oyster-shell note and creamy apple aromatics. Linear and focused palate, with direct citrus and apple, nutty, bready lees and a fine mousse. Crisp acidity nicely balanced by the dosage. Fine length.” 17/20

Jancis Robinson,
20th March 2019


Ayala No.7 2007

“Mandarin, quince and plum nose. Rather soft and supple mouthfeel: truffle, crème anglaise and butter pastry flavours. Well constructed.” 93 points

Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

“Soft gold, a lacy silver filigree and an aromatic greeting of almonds, spring flowers, and soft verbena. Further enquiry releases late-season apple and slate, complex after 11 years of tirage under cork, yet still restrained and dignified. Ayala house style writ large. The concentration and focus on the palate both impress; nectarines and even a brandy snap crackling somewhere Both the structure and the length underline the contribution of the grand cru Chardonnay from the great villages of the Cote des Blancs.” 93 points

Simon Field MW, Decanter
16th October 2020

“This is the newest member of Ayala’s collection of one-off prestige cuvees. The rich, evolving, yeast-infused nose brings Chardonnay’s lemony and buttery tones to the fore. Behind, there is a ripe apple and candy-floss sweetness. Comprised of fruit from seven Grands Crus, this is intense and creamy. The maturity and complexity of the nose marry well with the freshness and vigour of the palate. A long, seductively textured and clean finish.” 90 points

Essi Avellan, Club Oenologique 
1st November 2020


Perle d’Ayala 2012

“Very pretty Chardonnay dominance; pineapple, citric fruit, a lick of honey and a pleasing finish, with a touch of salinity in support. Wonderful!” 95 points

Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021


Perle d’Ayala 2006

“A chardonnay dominant cuvée (80 per cent) that has rested on lees for more than eight years. It delivers attractive, nutty complexity with an array of peach, lemon and lime aromas. The palate has attractive, pastry-like flavors with lime curd and a fleshy, smooth finish.” 93 points

James Suckling,
5th September 2018


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