Bollinger-owned Champagne producer Ayala has released a new limited-edition cuvée in celebration of its 160th anniversary
Called The Ayala No7, the wine is made of a blend of grapes from the 2007 vintage, sourced from seven grands crus in the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims. In keeping with Ayala’s house style, it is Chardonnay focused, with a low dosage and extended ageing.
According to the producer, No7 has hints of stewed fruit, ripe Mirabelle plums, apricots, honey and eucalyptus on the nose, with a smooth, creamy, rich palate that finishes with saline and menthol notes. Recommended food pairings include matured Comté cheese and delicately textured dishes such as grilled lobster in salted butter.
‘This exceptional cuvée is an example of the skills and expertise of our chef de cave, Caroline Latrive, and her team,’ said Ayala director Hadrien Mouflard. ‘Although we are not celebrating our 160th anniversary as originally planned due to the current global crisis, we are delighted nonetheless to be able share this incredible cuvée in light of this landmark year for the House of Champagne Ayala.’
RRP £70, Mentzendorff