Ayala – Over 150 Years of Champagne Excellence

Ayala – Over 150 Years of Champagne Excellence

Set in the heart of the Champagne region, just a stone’s throw from the town of Epernay, the village of Äy is home to the famous Champagne estates, including Veuve-Clicquot, Bollinger, and Moët et Chandon, as well as smaller producers.  

We have recently been serving Ayala Brut Majeur champagne which has meant that a lot of Champagne enthusiasts looking for very high quality but also value for money have started buying this Champagne in particular.

The historic background of Champagne Ayala

Champagne Ayala was founded in 1860 by Edmond de Ayala and is one of the founder members of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques and one of the first to produce a drier Champagne which certainly seems to suit the British palate. 

Champagne Ayala became a firm favourite of the British as strong relationships were fostered by Fernand, the younger brother of Edmond which led to a Royal Warrant in 1908. In the 1920s the estate was in its heyday, producing over a million bottles a year.

Like many Champagne houses, the second World War resulted in a decline in consumption and the house fell out of favour until the estate was purchased by the Bollinger family in 2005. This acquisition has resulted in Chateau Ayala being restored to its former glory with extensive renovations to the buildings and the modernisation of the equipment used in the wines’ production. 

In 2012, after six years of tuition under the watchful eye of cellar master Nicolas Klym, Caroline Latrive took over the position and Hadrien Mouflard was appointed MD. Both appointments were with the aim of raising the profile of Ayala across the world bringing the brand firmly into the 21st century. 

The Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne

A blend of Chardonnay from the finest soils of Cotes des Blancs, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from the Marne Valley, Ayala Brut Majeur is one of just seven wines which are produced on the estate. 

It characterises the Ayala style, benefiting from the three years ageing in over a mile of the underground cellars which hold over two and a half million bottles, giving it a pale gold colour with a fine mousse.

Sourced from high ranking villages on the ‘échelle des crus’ scale

Ayala Brut Majeur ranks as a "Premier Cru" on the Echelle des Crus scale. Below are the specific sources of the 3 blends that make up the Ayala Brut Majeur.

  • Chardonnay: Cramant, Chouilly, Cuis, Vertus.
  • Pinot Noir: Aÿ, Mareuil sur Aÿ, Louvois, Bouzy, Tours sur Marne, Chigny les Roses, Ecueil & Rilly
  • Pinot Meunier: St Martin d'Ablois, Venteuil, Chavot & Cerseuil

Made from the highest quality grapes, this is a high- quality, luxurious champagne to treat yourself to.

Tasting notes: a delicate & fruity blend

The taste consists of an appealing aroma of peach and apple, and adds delicacy to the fresh & fruity taste. Unsurprisingly, the wine pairs perfectly with shellfish, lobster and crab or even a delectable cheese platter.

Where can I find this?

Ayala Brut Majeur UK delivery in our store

We will be listing this remarkable product here in our online Lunzer Wine shop. We offer all types of wine richness for the best tasting experiences.

Enjoy for yourself this golden nectar with its fine bubbles and dryness, great finesse of elegant flavour, and aromas of peach and apple with a long finish – the perfect wine for all summer celebrations.