Now owned by Bollinger, Ayala's Champagnes have seen great improvement in recent years. This nonvintage Brut is complex, with its dry character given weight by a hint of toast, almonds and a taut aftertaste.
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.