Ayala

Ayala

Brut Majeur Champagne Blend

Cheese, clean acidity, delicious — 3 months ago

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Ayala

Majeur Brut Rosé Champagne

Easy, enjoyable rosé champagne. — 6 months ago

Ayala

Le Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2013

Mineral, apple, lemon. Nice tension and acidity. Pleasant bitterness. Perhaps a little time. Def throw some food at this one - it’s got enough power and backbone! — 2 years ago

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Domaine du Colombier

Petit Chablis Chardonnay 2015

🎄 Advent Halfy Calendar Day 17 🎄

🎅 Santa says “Rudolf’s got his eyes & big red nose on this one 😁”

📝 I say for a retail price of £14 for 75cl this is a cracking quaffer of a Chablis - a real winner for spring & summer 👍

⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Ayala Brut Majour NV

📍 Domaine du Colombier Petit Chablis 2015

🏵 92 points

🍇 Chardonnay

🍷 Light straw yellow

👃 Fresh & crisp cut green apple, pear, vanilla & soft citrus w/ a touch of chalky mineral, hints of tropical fruits, nuts & apricot w/ no oak evident

👄 Med body of creamy fresh punchy green apple & citrus w/ conference pear, vanilla & a hint of apricot

🎯 Med+ fresh zingy & creamy slight sweet pear driven green fruits w/ a touch of vanilla citrus & chalky mineral
— 4 years ago

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Ayala

Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2014

2014 Vintage yum dry great acidity — 5 months ago

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Ayala

Cuvée Perle d'Ayala Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2012

We visited Champagne Ayala today, located in the grand cru village of Äy, Champagne. 🇫🇷

This champagne house is now part of the Bollinger family 🏠 ; it has a distinct and marked personality, leaning especially towards Chardonnay with a light, elegant, and focused character. 🌸

We had the pleasure of touring the grounds and cave with @carledmundsherman where we learned about the history of Ayala, the subsoils and topography where grapes used to make this wine were grown; we rode an elevator with crates of bottles that had been riddled, and we even caught a glimpse of wines being disgorged, dosaged, and corked in action. 🤩

It was a memorable, educational, and delicious experience. 💕Here is a lineup of wines we tasted - mostly blends of predominantly Chardonnay (with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and a Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay).

All of these wines were lovely, though our favorite was the Vintage 2012 La Perle — ‘The Pearl’ — prestige cuvée, due to its richness, aromatics, and complexity. 👏👏👏🍾🍾🍾

Santé!!🥂🥂🥂🥂 @champagne_ayala
— 8 months ago

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Sharon B

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My brother was just in Champagne! He’s in Alsace right now. I would love to go back to France and visit the Champagne region! Cheers! 🍾🥂
Vanessa

Vanessa

@Sharon B That’s awesome 👏 👏 I’d love to visit Alsace someday. I hope you get to Champagne, too 🥂 There’s so much to see and taste and the people we’ve met have been incredibly friendly.

Ayala

Majeur Brut Champagne Blend

Blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, medium lemon color with aromas of ripe stone fruits, honey and citrus. Fine bubble flow with light mousse, on the palate flavors of pear, peach and orange zest with honey notes. Long finish ending with yeasty mineral character. — 6 months ago

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Ayala

Extra Age Brut Majeur Champagne Blend

Very, very dry. Beautifully small bubbles. Bold, complex flavors. Sparkling at 2-3x this price often isn’t this good. — 2 years ago

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M. Sanchez Ayala

Gabriela Manzanilla 1798

Super bone dry. Has a pear skin and like a cherry pit brightness. The excellence of manzanilla personified — 2 years ago

Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2006

David T
9.1

On the nose; floral fruits of blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, blue fruits, black raspberries, limestone, dark raspberries, black cherry cola, dark rich soil, vanilla, cinnamon, volcanic minerals, anise, violets and fresh red floral bouquet. The body is full and the tannins are about half resolved. The structure is still fairly big as is the tension with good length. The fruits are rich & ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, blue fruits, black raspberries, limestone, dark raspberries, black cherry cola, dark rich soil, vanilla, cinnamon, touch of clove, darker spice, a little bit of Christmas cake, suede leather, crushed dry rocks, volcanic minerals, anise, violets, lilacs, and fresh red floral bouquet. The acidity is round, good but could be better. The long finish is rich, fruit driven with just the right mix of fruit, earth and medium spice. Producer notes and history...Chateau La Lagune has a long history that dates all the way back to the 16th century, under King Henri IV. The same time the Dutch engineers started draining the water from the marshes and swamps making way for all those Pauillac Chateau’s. Their beautiful chateau was built in 1715. The chateau was designed by architect, Baron Victor Louis, who earned fame for his design of the Grand Theater in Bordeaux. By 1730, Chateau La Lagune was already known for producing Bordeaux wine. The property remained under the ownership of the well known de Seze family for several generations. Moving ahead a few centuries to the modern era of the 1950’s, Chateau La Lagune experienced problems caused by the end of World War II along with the economic crisis. As well, there was the great frost of 1956; which destroyed a large portion of the vineyards in Bordeaux. In 1958, George Brunette purchased Chateau La Lagune with only 5 hectares still planted with vines. It was George Burnette that began a large replanting Chateau La Lagune. However, George Brunette also took an economic hit during that era and was forced to sell Chateau La Lagune to the Ducellier family of Champagne Ayala. In 2000, both Chateau La Lagune and Champagne Ayala were sold to the Frey family. The Frey family sold Champagne Ayala and bought the legendary estate of Jaboulet in the Rhone, which of course includes the crown jewel of the region, Jaboulet La Chapelle. The Frey family also owns a substantial piece of Billecart-Salmon. In 2014, the Frey family bought Chateau de Corton Andre and its 7 hectares of vines in the Cote de Beaune area of Burgundy. Caroline Frey (shown in the right photo) is the manager and Winemaker of Chateau La Lagune, as well as their estate in Hermitage, Jaboulet. In November, 2013, La Lagune purchased the 8.9 hectare estate of Chateau D’Arche, from Mahler Besse. Chateau D’Arche is located in the commune of Ludon, not far from La Lagune. This purchase made more than economic sense for the property, as the vines were once part of La Lagune when the original 1855 Classification took place. La Lagune has 72 hectares (180 acres) under vine. Their grape variety is a distribution of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot. Chateau La Lagune is fermented in a total of 72 different, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that vary in size from 22 hectoliters to 200 hectoliters to allow for parcel by parcel vinification. The vats are laid out in a functional and architecturally interesting pattern (Shown in the bottom photo). Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is blended before the aging process begins. This is similar to what takes place at Chateau Haut Brion. La Lagune is aged in between 50% and 60% new French oak barrels for 18 months. — 5 years ago

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