For lovers of light, fresh apéritif style Champagnes, this Ayala is ideal. Its hints of apricots and ripe green plums still don't detract from the fact that it is dry, with only a light hint of dosage and fresh yeast. It does seem that the blend is getting younger so a few months' bottle aging would be good.
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.