The Houston Chronicle selected Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée and Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur as two of the top champagnes to enjoy this holiday season.
Writer Dale Robertson reinforces Bollinger’s heritage and that it is “James Bond’s favorite go-to bottle of bubbles” and adds that it offers “very complex, toasty flavors, highlighted by pear, with hints of walnuts. Long, rich, yet amazingly balanced finish.”
He also speaks to Ayala’s “colorful and complicated history” dating back to 1850 and describes Brut Majeur as “dry with zesty acidity, green apple, citrus and pie crust. Clean finish.” Read the full story HEREAyala-Bollinger-Houston-Chron-12_24_20
From vineyard to bottling, Special Cuvée sees such an extraordinary level of care and attention, it is difficult to place within the non-vintage or, really, any Champagne category. It is a Champagne that stands apart. Within one bottle, all the complexity of flavour, texture and pleasure that Champagne can offer. Special Cuvée is truly a journey of devotion from Bollinger.
Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House and is the finest ambassador for the House’s freshness and elegance. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, coupled with extended aging in Ayala’s cellars and a low dosage, make this wine suitable for any occasion.
Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marques that’s still family owned. Known for its rich, elegant and polished style of Champagne, their outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail and incredibly labor-intensive practices that few houses are willing to undertake. Underscoring its excellence, Bollinger has remained British secret agent James Bond's Champagne of choice since 1973.
Ayala is one of the most exciting stories in Champagne today, almost the definition of a boutique Champagne producer. Independently owned, a small, young and dynamic team handles every step of production from grape reception to labeling in their jewel of a facility with incredible precision, crafting Chardonnay-focused wines that deliver immense pleasure, freshness, and elegance.