Introducing A/18, a unique expression of AYALA Le Blanc de Blancs
Chardonnay the signature grape variety of the House AYALA
For many years now, the Champagne AYALA team has been exploring Chardonnay’s potential in the light of global warming. The Chardonnay grape is more capable of adapting to climate variation and warmer temperatures. The last few years have all provided ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay, naturally preserving acidity and freshness until harvest while also proving less vulnerable to disease, ensuring pure, elegant champagnes after cellar ageing.
As the most featured grape variety in Champagne AYALA’s blends and the foundation of the pure and balanced style of the Maison, Chardonnay is the essence of the brand ambition embodying the excellence and expertise of this grape variety in Champagne. Therefore, Maison AYALA makes Le Blanc de Blancs its signature champagne and introduces A/18, a unique expression of this cuvée.
the Art of Blending
This new 100% Chardonnay blend from the Grands and Premiers Crus captures the purity of chalk from both the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims, from the 2018 vintage.
This first vintage edition of A/18 blends 6 complementary crus selected from the 22 of Chardonnay that came into our winery during the 2018 harvest: Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Bisseuil and Cuis.
Over six years ageing in the cellar brings some of the aromatic complexity and creamy texture that AYALA Le Blanc de Blancs is known for. The Extra-Brut dosage, a t 5g/l, makes this a champagne of outstanding purity and freshness.
Elegant, simple cuisine focussed around quality ingredients without adornment, echoing the outstanding purity of this wine. Its vivacious character makes it an excellent aperitif, but it would also go exceptionally well with starters or fish dishes such as scallop carpaccio, citrussy sea bass tartare, or oysters.
CÔTE DES BLANCS & MONTAGNE DE REIMS
Exclusively Grands Crus & Premiers Crus: Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Cuis, Bisseuil
Ageing : 6 years on lees on average
Dosage : 5 g/L
ColourBright, very fine and dynamic bubbles
NoseGreat elegance, notes of pear, grapefruit, jasmine and honey
PalateForthright and open, notes of blood orange and pastry. Vivacity, beautiful bitter notes and chalky minerality
2018 viticultural year
A rainy winter and a mild spring were followed by a dry, sunny summer, heralding optimal conditions for an early harvest. This meant that grapes were plentiful and in near-perfect condition, particularly the Chardonnays. Despite a warm year, the region’s finest Terroirs showed themselves at their very best, thanks to the cool clay sub-soils in the Champagne region.