champagne Chardonnay

The purest expression of Chardonnay

Champagne AYALA is first and foremost a unique place, at the crossroads of the Grands Crus of Champagne. Built along vertical lines, the House is meant as a beacon of the savoir-faire of Champagne. Here, everything is done on site and according to the Rules of Art. This bespoke work allows to reach the perfect balance and to reveal the purest expression of Chardonnay, a three-act craft.

terroir champagne

Reveal exceptional terroirs

Thanks to a bespoke craftsmanship, the House AYALA works on a wide palette of crus to reach the perfect balance, and subtlety expresses an exceptional terroir around Chardonnay, emblematic grape variety of the House.

Champagne AYALA pursues its constant quest for the best raw materials of Champagne and, today, has a palette of 70 crus of which 50 are Chardonnay. These crus come from the best terroirs of Champagne. This great diversity, one of the specificity of the House, contributes to bring complexity and a great aromatic freshness to the blends.

The House’s own vineyards, 20 hectares, are on the Montagne de Reims, in Aÿ Grand Cru and Dizy, in the Côte des Blancs, in Chouilly and Oger both classified Grands Crus, and in Champvoisy and Passy-Grigny in the Vallée de la Marne.

With the goal of a pure expression the raw material, the vineyard grown by Champagne AYALA is being converted to organic viticulture and is certified HEV and VDC. The House always maintains relations of trust with winegrowers and accompanies them in their environmental approaches.

champagne chardonnay assemblage

Creating higly precise blends

Champagne AYALA has 120 small individual stainless-steel vats from 5 to 200 hL. A cutting edge tool allowing to perform an extremely precise vinification method, where the crus individually rest, isolated, before being blended.During that micro-vinification process, a higly precise work is carried out to reveal the purest expression of the raw material. It is this careful handling that makes it possible to create a blend with great finesse.

Honor the essence, without artifice, in order to let the grapes mature naturally, that is the sine qua non condition to reveal the organoleptic quality of each cru.

To preserve this style imbued by purity, Champagne AYALA has a library of reserve wines in small vats. These reserve wines, true memory of anterior cuvées, act in synergy with the wines of the year. They bring a silky texture on the palate and contribute to the balance of the champagnes.

champagne Chardonnay

Crafting a pure and balanced style

Chardonnay, the iconic grape of the House, holds a central place in all blends of the range. Giving its freshness and pure line, it is the essence of purity of the AYALA style. Pinot Noir and Meunier complement the Chardonnay, to enhance it further.

The purity of the style finally resides in the minimalist dosage of the wines, a singularity of Champagne AYALA, being a pioneer in the region on that matter. The cuvée Brut Nature, without dosage, is proof of this absolute commitment.

AYALA relies on an extended ageing on lees, making low dosage possible, and is necessary to develop a beautiful aromatic complexity. The House take the liberty to age the wines as long as is deemed necessary, from 3 to 12 years or even more.