One of the original twenty-six Grandes Marques Champagne Houses, Champagne AYALA remains the archetype of a great Champagne House. Established in 1860 in Aÿ, and surrounded by the area’s most prestigious vineyards, the core range of cuvées epitomises the dry and elegant House style.
Ayala were pioneers in introducing a drier style of wine during the second half of the 19th century, a bold statement in favour of purity, contrasting with the traditional French dosage of more than 150 g/L at that time. AYALA was acquired by the Bollinger Family in 2005, who recognised the potential of this historic House.
Today, Cellar master Caroline Latrive carefully ensures the House style is maintained, crafting wines renowned for their precision, delicacy and quality. Chardonnay, the iconic grape of the House, holds a central place in her blends. It delicately confers freshness and a straightforward, airy character to AYALA’s wines. The Pinot Noir and the Meunier complement the Chardonnay, to enhance it further and add balance. Micro-vinification takes place in AYALA’s state of the art stainless-steel vats, which allow the purity of the fruit to shine through without the “makeup” of oak. AYALA practises extended ageing on lees, which makes their signature low dosage possible, while also developing a beautiful aromatic complexity.