Manufacturer: Ayala

Champagne AYALA is one of the longest-established champagne Houses; it has been based in Aÿ, 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. The Foundation: 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 Aÿ 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 Golden Age: 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 splendor. Champagne Ayala Today: Champagne AYALA has always been a small, independent and family-run business. After the Second World War the House went through a rather quiet period as its leaders occupied important positions in Champagne trade associations. In 2005 the Bollinger family bought this fine estate, with the intention of restoring it to its former glory. This was the start of a resurgence for Champagne AYALA, with complete restoration of winemaking facilities and the arrival of new staff. The House employs today about 15 people, keeping the family spirit of its origins. A location: Established in Aÿ, in the heart of the region’s most prized vineyards, Champagne AYALA’s architectural heritage is outstanding and provides a unique setting to demonstrate the House’s consummate expertise. A unique setting: Established in Aÿ, in the heart of the region’s most prized vineyards, Champagne AYALA’s architectural heritage is outstanding and provides a unique setting to demonstrate the House’s consummate expertise. A remarkable architectural heritage: The superb buildings which can be seen today are not the original ones, which were destroyed during the 1911 winegrower’s revolt. Luckily, the owners had shown great foresight in taking out insurance against rioting and vandalism. The current production facilities and offices were then designed in 1913 by famous local architect Demay and built in the Art Deco style, which still defines today the personality of Champagne AYALA. A Style: Pioneers in introducing a drier style than was customary during the second half of the 19th century, Champagne AYALA remains known today throughout the world for its fresh and elegant wines. Freshness, Elegance, and low dosage: Champagne AYALA crafts wines that are popular for their precision, delicacy, ethereal quality and their style based on freshness and elegance. Well-balanced blends giving Chardonnay a major role, precise vinifications conducted in small thermo-regulated stainless steel vats and low dosage levels: these are all elements that define the House’s emblematic references’ unique personality. CAROLINE LATRIVE, KEEPER OF THE HOUSE’S STYLE: Born in Reims in 1975, Caroline Latrive received her National Oenology Diploma in 1999 followed by a master’s degree in oenology in wines from Champagne in 2005. She joined Champagne AYALA in 2006, watchfully learning about the House’s expertise in winemaking, before being appointed as Cellar Master in 2011. Today, she carefully ensures that the House style is maintained by focusing on quality rather than quantity.

96.63 eur
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Ayala Blanc de Blancs díszdobozban

93

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93 point

55.88 eur
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Ayala Brut Majeur 

92

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92 point
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91 point
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16 point

59.76 eur
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Ayala Brut Majeur díszdobozban

92

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92 point
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91 point
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34.54 eur
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Ayala Brut Majeur Mini

92

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92 point
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91 point
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16 point

61.51 eur
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Ayala Brut Nature

91

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91 point
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90 point

65.39 eur
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Ayala Brut Nature díszdobozban

91

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130.97 eur
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Ayala Brut Nature Magnum díszdobozban

91

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91 point
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90 point
Ayala Collection No. 14 Grand Cru díszdobozban

91

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91 point
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90 point

70.82 eur
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Ayala Rosé Majeur

91

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91 point
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90 point

151.73 eur
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Ayala Rosé Majeur Magnum

91

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43.66 eur
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Ayala Rosé Majeur Mini

91

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91 point
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90 point
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