It's true that all Champagne lovers get excited about fresh bottles of wine which possess a new more progressive approach, but that's not to say that the more traditional and pure bottles aren't just as much adored. One particular bottle which has no added sugar is the prestige Cuvee of the Ayala house. More importantly, this top-class vintage is the only one of its kind to be classified as Extra Brut. A Champagne without any tricks or gimmicks, the 2001 La Perle d'Ayala Nature is as pure as it gets and one to go for if you like your bubbly pure and refined. Pale gold in colour, with alluring hints of amber, bubbles rise to the top of the wine in an elegant way that speaks of real quality. On the nose, the first notes are embodied with ripe lemons and refreshing grapefruit. Soon after, a fresh minty edge cuts through, with an underlying essence of grilled notes. Once on the palate, the complexity of this wine becomes abundantly clear. Silky and smooth, a journey of citrus notes enhanced by spices and mineral fabric delights. As such, the finish is reliably persistent and a joy to behold. La Perle d'Ayala Nature consists of 20% Black Pinot and 80% Chardonnay. Aged for 5 years, this beautiful accompaniment to cocktails will also make sushi, lobsters and oysters taste even better.
Revue du Vin de France : 16.5/20
Wine Spectator : 92/100
Guide Richard Juhlin : 83/100
Type: Extra Brut
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Conservation: to drink now or keep up to 15 years in cellar
Degustation : 9/10 C