Champagne Ayala Creates New Prestige Cuvée La Perle 2012
Maison Ayala in Aÿ, Champagne
© photo provided
The vintage of the new wine, 2012, was cellar master Caroline Latrive’s first year at the helm of the house – with full responsibility. 2012 was also an exceptional vintage and, despite the challenge of orchestrating the huge logistical task of a Champagne harvest for the first time on her own, Latrive was compelled to create this special cuvée.
A Memorable Year
Latrive says: “It was my first harvest as cellar master, it brings back a lot of memories. The harvest was so full of emotions and humility, as we as a certain amount of pressure! For the first time I was entrusted with the task of exalting the fruit provided by the work of man and nature. The blend appeared to me at springtime, like a revelation.”
Caroline is a self-confessed lover of Chardonnay: “The style of the wines of Ayala is entirely expressed by a great aromatic freshness, a silky texture and a pure line. I would say my mission has always been and still is to enhance the expression of the Chardonnay.” La Perle 2012 is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir – sourced from grand cru vineyards only: The Chardonnay from Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and the Pinot Noir from Verzy. The wine was aged for 8 years on lees, hand-riddled and hand-disgorged with a dosage of 6g/l.
True House Style
Owned by Champagne Bollinger, Ayala is a stylistic counterpart: where Bollinger is rich and creamy, Ayala is sleek and taut – but the craftsmanship and dedication is just the same. Fermentation of base wines is in stainless steel only, to underline the brisk purity of the wines, especially Chardonnay, but the ageing of the bottles after the second fermentation is under natural cork – mellowing that briskness but never denying it.
FIND OUT MORE
Champagne Philipponnat Unveils Three New “1522” Vintage ChampagnesFamous for their single-vineyard wines from the Clos des Goisses vineyard in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Champagne Philipponnat are also making a name...
Champagne Louis Roederer Revolutionises Its Multi-Vintage OfferChampagne Louis Roederer unveils its new multi-vintage cuvée Collection 242.
Champagne Drappier: Three Ground-breaking ChampagnesThree Champagnes from Drappier: each of them is a nod to history, each is absolutely individual and far removed from any mainstream...
Champagne Castelnau Releases the Third Wine of the Hors Catégorie Prestige CollectionAs official Champagne sponsor of the Tour de France, Champagne Castelnau calls its prestige cuvées ‘Hors Catégorie’ – the name given to the...
Champagne Devaux launches Chapoutier Collaboration Sténopé 2011Champagne Devaux is run by the Union Auboise co-operative and based in the southern satellite of the Champagne region, in the Côtes des Bar,...
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Launches Rosé Millésimé 2008Charles Heidsieck was the original “Champagne Charlie” – the name is still going strong today as this latest release of Rosé Millésimé 2008...
Champagne Billecart-Salmon Releases Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon 2008Champagne Billecart-Salmon’s Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon is the Rosé Champagne among their so-called 'Founders’ Cuvées' – it was first made in...
Champagne Louis Roederer: Cristal 2013 ReleaseCristal is often considered Champagne’s ultimate prestige cuvée.
Champagne Ruinart: Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2009 ReleasedThe 2009 vintage of Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs marks 50 years since the creation of this prestige cuvée which was first made in 1959.
Falstaff is teaming up with the 135-year-old Maison Saint Aix winery in Provence, France, to offer a 6L bottle of the award-winning AIX Rosé 2021....
As every bartender knows, gin is the basis of some of the world's most legendary cocktails. We present the top 5 to mix at home.
Wines made or endorsed by famous names are now a firm part of the wine business. If done right, they are a perfect extension of a celebrity’s brand...
Where does one go after an illustrious career making one of the world’s most iconic wines? For the Lur Saluces family the answer is: back home.
Falstaff takes a closer look at the Western Australian region, where sustainable farming practices make its elegant Cabernet Sauvignons even better.
The 2021 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign delivered ‘predictable chaos’, with too many wines offering poor value compared to other available vintages,...
As the temperature rises, these refreshing berry cocktail recipes will cool you down and provide a delicious, grown-up taste of summer.
The renowned wine author uses the latest technology to re-issue a limited edition of her sold-out book as an NFT that comes with added benefits.
In the second part of his travelogue, our author has made it down to Central Otago – Pinot heaven. Could it be the setting for his new novel?