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Ayala "Majeur" Brut Champagne

SKU #1032328 93 points James Suckling

 Very attractive, bright strawberry and blueberry aromas here. Superb freshness and attractive fragrance with focused, fine textural detail on the palate. Disgorged in December 2017.  (9/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The NV Brut Majeur comes from an estate just beside Bollinger and is a 40/40 split of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the balance Pinot Meunier. Aged 30 months on lees with 7 grams of dosage, it has a crisp, focused, even chiseled style to go with lovely notes of citrus, lemon curd, and white flowers. Drink this vibrant beauty over the coming 5-6 years.  (3/2018)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow. Lively, sharply focused lemon and green apple aromas pick up deeper melon and peach qualities with air. Spicy and precise on the palate, offering juicy citrus fruit and honeysuckle flavors and a touch of candied fig. Powerful yet lively, finishing with strong punch and building mineral and floral qualities. This suave Champagne has the heft to handle rich foods and the tension to work by itself. (JR)  (1/2015)

90 points John Gilman

 The bottling of non-vintage Ayala Brut Majeur that is currently in the market is comprised of a blend of forty percent each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and twenty percent Pinot Meunier. It spent three years aging sur latte and was finished off with a dosage of seven grams per liter. The bouquet is excellent, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of apple, white peach, a touch of patissière, lovely soil tones, a hint of menthol and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still quite youthfully brisk, with a fine core, elegant mousse, fine focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and zesty finish. This is a lovely bottle, but still a bit primary and more complexity will emerge with another year or two in the bottle. It should age quite well, as it is impeccably balanced. Fine juice. (Drink between 2016-2030)  (7/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Ayala's NV Brut Majeur is a solid entry-level wine. Dried pear, hazelnut, spice and licorice notes open up in a pretty, toasted NV Champagne to drink now and over the next few years. The Pinot comes through loud and clear in the wine's breadth and overall texture. (AG)  (11/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 The nonvintage cuvée from this producer, this bottling exemplifies the drier style that's the firm's hallmark. It is elegant, a fruity wine that is also crisply textured. (RV)  (12/2018)

Wine Spectator

 This balanced Champagne offers a creamy bead and a fresh mix of ground white pepper, ginger, Red Delicious apple, biscuit and citrus peel flavors. Disgorged July 2017. (AN)  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

After a long absence in the US, Ayala Champagnes have returned. The Brut Majeur is a low-dosage wine that balances the fullness and intensity of the Pinot Noir with Chardonnay's finesse and Pinot Meunier's aromatics and fresh fruit. Scrumptious!

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