Expanding recently into more of the U.S. (including San Francisco’s Bubble Lounge), Ayala is a name unfamiliar to most local drinkers. We were lucky enough to land a bottle for review.
A familiar, dry sparkler, this Champagne is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier (in that order). Lightly aromatic and featuring a very pale straw color, it’s mildly touched with apple and lemon notes, finishing on a dry and lightly bitter note.
Otherwise it features an average number of bubbles. Overall it’s quite familiar, similar to many affordable, non-vintage Champagnes you’ve likely had countless times in the past and which you’ll find for $10 to $20 at your local supermarket. At $35 and up, it’s not in that price league, but it’s worth seeking out if you’re a fan of an especially dry style.
B / $35 / champagne-ayala.fr