Now that it is owned by Bollinger, Ayala is returning to form. The style of this prestige cuvée is mature and dry, a fresh yeasty character showing against toastiness and pink grapefruit acidity. The finish is very crisp and dry.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.