Perle d’Ayala 2005
A treasure in the portfolio, Perle d’Ayala is produced only in exceptional years, according to practices that have remained faithful to the Champagne tradition. Composed of a majority of Chardonnay, this wine captures the essence of the Champagne terroir, in the purest respect of the style of the House.
This beautifully refined prestige cuvée is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, all from Grand Cru villages.
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. Fruit for this prestige Champagne was selected from 100% Grand Crus villages.
This beautifully refined prestige cuvée is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, all from Grand Cru villages. Everything from grape reception to vinification, aging, riddling and disgorgement is done at the Ayala cellars. The Cuvée Perle d’Ayala rests in the cellar for 9 years after disgorgement under cork (not crown), in order to allow for controlled oxidation and development of complex aromas and flavors. This is a very rare practice in Champagne today.
The harvest in 2005 was average in volume, but the quality of the fruit was excellent. The Indian summer in September allowed for an exceptional maturity of the grapes.
“Pale gold. Pungent, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of brioche, smoky minerals and jasmine, with a hint of melon emerging with air. Silky, nervy and dry, offering taut Meyer lemon and bitter pear skin flavors and a suggestion of truffle. Finishes stony and very long, with lingering smokiness and an echo of white flowers. There’s a very attractive delicacy to this Champagne. 6 g/l Dosage.” – 93 Points, Vinous
Thanks to its remarkable intensity and pedigree in terms of provenance, Perle d’Ayala 2005 is a great match for noble dishes, such as seared foie gras, chicken with a mushroom sauce or braised veal sweetbreads.
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Ayala encourages their growers to use organic fertilizers and avoid insecticides, herbicides and pesticides.
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John Gilman - “The wine offers up an excellent nose of apple, pear, incipient notes of pastry cream, chalky soil tones, biscuits and a lovely topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still quite youthful, with a lovely core, elegant mousse, crisp, beautifully integrated acids and excellent length and grip on the poised and still fairly primary finish.”
Vinous Media - “Pale gold. Pungent, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of brioche, smoky minerals and jasmine, with a hint of melon emerging with air. Silky, nervy and dry, offering taut Meyer lemon and bitter pear skin flavors and a suggestion of truffle. Finishes stony and very long, with lingering smokiness and an echo of white flowers. There’s a very attractive delicacy to this Champagne. 6 g/l Dosage.”
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