Brut Nature NV
Brut Nature demonstrates to perfection the high quality of grapes used by the House to craft its wines, and its remarkable expertise in vinification. Making a no-dosage wine is quite complex, and Ayala’s expression offers nothing short of purity and precision.
Ayala’s Brut Nature is a blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, and spends nearly 4 years in the cellar ageing so that the acidity is integrated.
The color is bright gold, with a silver hue. The nose is direct but fine, and marked by precise notes of citrus fruit with a saline component. On the palate, the wine is complex and clean. It remains full of purity and tension, delivering dry mineral notes along with flavors of grapefruit and white fruit.
Ayala currently owns 35 acres in Champagne. Thanks to its privileged location in the heart of the Grand Crus of Montagne de Reims and their link to Bollinger, they also have unique access to top quality grapes.
Ayala Brut Nature is a blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. The quality of Ayala is the result of a very careful selection of the grapes. Everything from grape reception, vinification, aging, riddling and disgorgement is done at the Ayala cellars. The Brut Nature is aged for more than 3.5 years and rests in the cellars for at least 3 months after disgorgement.
“Pale gold. Nervy lime, ginger and floral scents, with suggestions of iodine and tarragon. Tightly wound, mineral-driven citrus fruit flavors put on weight with air and take a turn to deeper nectarine and pear. Unfolds slowly on the finish, hanging on with excellent tenacity and resonating mineral and floral notes.” ‒ 92 Points Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Brut Nature is the perfect match for oysters, raw fish and shellfish, sea urchin and caviar. It is also ideally suited to Thai cuisine or sushi, maki and sashimi.
Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
Ayala encourages their growers to use organic fertilizers and avoid insecticides, herbicides and pesticides.
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Jeb Dunnuck - "Disgorged February, 2019, the NV Brut Nature checks in as 40% each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the balance Pinot Meunier, all aged four years. It offers a richer golden hue as well as rich aromatics of stone fruits, crushed citrus, and toasted bread. This is a layered, mouthfilling Champagne that has wonderful balance, a creamy, opulent mousse, and a great finish."
Wine Enthusiast - “Ayala specializes in dry Champagnes, and this is the house’s extreme example. It has just the right amount of bottle age to soften its intense acidity and develop some toastiness and fruit. It can be enjoyed now, but a few more months in bottle would make it even better.”
Vinous Media - “Pale gold. Nervy lime, ginger and floral scents, with suggestions of iodine and tarragon. Tightly wound, mineral-driven citrus fruit flavors put on weight with air and take a turn to deeper nectarine and pear. Unfolds slowly on the finish, hanging on with excellent tenacity and resonating mineral and floral notes.”
More on Champagne Ayala Brut Nature NV
January 8, 2021 - The Napa Valley Register's latest wine column offers an in depth feature story on Champagne Ayala and Cellar Master Caroline Latrive. The story opens by sharing the legacies of other…
January 5, 2021 - Alcohol Professor contributor Kelly Magyarics shined a light on zero dosage champagnes and highlighted Champagne Ayala Brut Nature as one of the best expressions of the style. Magyarics spoke with…
July 21, 2020 - Champagne Ayala cellar-master Caroline Latrive describes the unique Brut Nature, a cuvee with zero dosage that serves as a model of purity and precision. [embed]https://vimeo.com/415545555#t=36s[/embed] https://vimeo.com/440098385
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