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One of the longest-established producers of Champagne, Ayala is a great house – refreshed. Based in Ay – in the heart of Champagne – since it’s inception more than 150 years ago, Champagne Ayala is an historic House producing top quality wines appreciated for their freshness and elegance.

Ayala was purchased by the family wine company Societe Jacques Bollinger in 2005 (also including Champagne Bollinger, Domaine Chanson in Burgundy, Maison Langlois Chateau in the Loire, Cognac Delamain & Cie and others) with the intention of elevating it to an even more esteemed position amongst the very top producers of Champagne.

This resurgence was kick-started with a complete renovation to the cellars and facilities and taking the lead on industry-wide trend towards drier low-dosage Champagnes. Today, Ayala crafts wines that are popular for their precision, delicacy and ethereal quality emphasizing freshness and elegance.

Caroline Latrive – Cellarmaster at Champagne Ayala since 2011 – started her career with this esteemed producer in 2005 having completed both the National Oenology Diploma program as well as a Masters Degree in Oenology and Wine. Production at Champagne Ayala is carried out in small lots and emphasizes the use of Chardonnay as a central component in each of its blends.

The original cellars of Champagne Ayala were destroyed during the winegrowers revolt of 1911. The then-owners, however, showed fortunate foresight ahead of this period of violence and destruction, having taken out a significant insurance policy which allowed them to rebuild their facilities. The beautiful Art Deco inspired design which stands today was constructed in 1913 above the existing caves and cellars which extended some 2+ kilometers beneath the historic village of Ay.

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n/v Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur
n/v Champagne Ayala Brut Nature
n/v Champagne Ayala Rose Majeur
2007 Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs
2005 Champagne Ayala Perle d’Ayala

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