Champagne Ayala Evening

A write up of our evening with Champagne Ayala last night. Discover more about our events!

We enjoyed an evening of sheer indulgence last night with the amazing range of Ayala Champagnes at the gorgeous White Hart in Ufford, where the Christmas lights dazzled as much as the Champagnes we drank!

 

Champagne Ayala was founded in 1860 by Colombian-born Edmond Ayala and is based in Aÿ, approximately 150km east of Paris. Ayala has some royal connections too - in 1908 Ayala received a royal warrant and in 1983 the Queen Mother visited the estate as Ayala was one of her husband's favourite Champagnes!

Admittedly Ayala isn't the most famous Champagne...yet (!) but it has been owned by the highly-regarded Bollinger brand since 2005. Bollinger and Ayala are completely different in style though as Ayala is all about freshness and has a soft spot for Chardonnay, whereas Bollinger is predominantly Pinot Noir and therefore a heavier, toasty and more buttery style. Perhaps also Ayala having one of only two female winemakers in Champagne lends itself to this style!

We tasted a line up of 5 Champagnes on the night;

 

Ayala Brut Nature NV

40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier. A very dry and fresh Champagne with lovely brioche aromas. The minimum ageing on the lees (yeast cells) in Champagne is 15 months, but this Champagne is aged for 4 years to give more aromas, in this case lots of brioche. As this is a 'Brut Nature' Champagne it is bone dry with no addition of sugar, which makes it a delicious match with seafood, particularly oysters. 

Ayala Brut Majeur NV

Exactly the same blend as the previous Champagne, but it has slightly more richness. Fresh, but not too dry but rounded and really tasty. The smell reminds me of a French bakery! It's perfect for drinking as an aperitif but as it's so versatile you could drink with poultry, white fish or a cheese platter. 

Ayala Rosé Majeur NV

50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier. A beautifully soft and elegant Champagne with red fruit aromas. A fabulous pairing with salmon or medium rare lamb if you're feeling adventurous! For something sweeter try with a red fruit sorbet. 

Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2007

100% Chardonnay. Aged for 6 years on the lees which gives such a creamy, buttery and toasty flavour, reminiscent of great quality white Burgundy! Pop the cork with fish in a light creamy sauce or comté cheese.

Ayala Millésimé 2002

80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay. Perhaps the Champagne that is most like Bollinger in their portfolio as it is made with mainly Pinot Noir grapes. It's an incredibly rich glass of bubbles, as it's been aged for 8 years on the lees. It tastes of toffee and buttery melt-in-the-mouth pastry flavours with honey and dried fruit on the finish.

 

Following a very informative and enjoyable tasting of the wines, we were served a delicious dish of pan fried fillets of English plaice of vanilla creamed maris piper potatoes, spinach and green pea puree with a lemon and butter sauce. 

 

Thank you to all that came along and shared the experience with us! If you want to join us for a wine experience, then please view our upcoming events

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Posted on 25/11/2015
by Danielle
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