Brut Majeur


Brut Majeur

Product code
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Regulated designation
Appellation origine controlée (AOC)
Chardonnay 40 %
Pinot Noir 40 %
Pinot Meunier 20 %
Closure type
Winery's website

About this winery

Champagne AYALA is one of the longest-established champagne Houses; it has been based in Aÿ, at the heart of the great champagne vineyards, since it was founded over 150 years ago. Independent and family-owned, it is still today the archetype of a great and historic House, producing top quality wines which are enjoyed throughout the world for their freshness and elegance. Edmond de Ayala, founder of the House in 1860, came from a family that had always aspired to go one step further. His...

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Winemaking notes

Made from a blend of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House. Extended ageing in cellars and a low dosage make this wine suitable for any occasion; it is the finest ambassador for the House’s freshness and elegance.

Tasting notes

Light gold, with abundant and fine bubbles. Open and expressive on the nose with delicate, unveiling notes of citrus, flowers and white fruits. Well balanced on the palate, combining freshness and vinosity. Precise, fruity and characterised by a long finish.

Press reviews

James Suckling

- 92 points -

September 2018

Impressive fruit presence on the nose and palate here. This delivers nectarines and peaches in abundance with bright strawberries building into the fleshy, tangy finish. Fruit-focused, refreshing style. 

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 Wine Enthusiast

- 91 points -

December 2019

Part of the Bollinger group, this nonvintage cuvée is sophisticated, with ripe fruit, acidity and tangy orange-zest flavors all in balance. A final fresh twist gives a great lift. 

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Gismondi on Wine

- 91 points -

November 2019

Brut Majeur is all about freshness and elegance. The blend is 40/40/20 pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier. Ayala owns 14 hectares in the heart of the Grand Crus of Montagne de Reims, and its link to Bollinger provides even more quality fruit. It is fermented in stainless steel and spends 2.5 years on lees, plus rests in the cellar for at least three months after disgorgement with a dosage of only 7g/litre of sugar. The current release is a super lively citrus affair with subtle lees mixed with harmonious honey and green apple. A terrific bottle made by cellarmaster Caroline Latrive. Excellent concentration combines with persistence to cap an impressive finish. Try this with oven warmed cheese twists or freshly shucked oysters. Brut Majeur can also pair harmoniously with every course of a meal: white fish, shellfish, poultry, or a cheese platter.

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 Wine Enthusiast

- 90 points -

December 2018

The nonvintage cuvée from this producer, this bottling exemplifies the drier style that's the firm's hallmark. It is elegant, a fruity wine that is also crisply textured. 

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