Every Friday The no1 Champagne expert in the world will taste new & old Champagne s to give You a tip or two for the weekend. This week Richard Juhlin taste three new champagnes from Ayala from the grand cru villages Aÿ.
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When Edmond de Ayala, the son of a Colombian diplomat, married into Aÿ’s society in 1860, he started a champagne house which soon became one of the most popular. He had the greatest success in England. The company still owns the Château de Mareuil and the champagne house Montebello. The vineyards are located in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 80 percent are purchased from 95% level grapes. The house was long run by the former president of the CIVC, the legend J-M Ducellier. Then Thierry Budin took over after leaving Perrier-Jouët for Ayala and Château La Lagune in Bordeaux. Today, Hadrien Mouflard is the enthusiastic boss. The company is today owned by Bollinger and is in reality Bolllinger’s second brand. The house style has always been characterized by Pinot Noir and the champagnes have a nice roundness. Blanc de Blancs is sometimes somewhat of a disappointment while the vintage wine is always reliable. Winemaker is Caroline Latrive.