Founded in 1860 by Edmond de Ayala, Ayala is one of the most historic houses in Champagne. It was one of the 18 founding members of the “Grandes Marques de Champagne” syndicate in 1882 and went through a golden age in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was one of the largest 10 houses in Champagne. Known more recently as “the sleeping beauty of Champagne,” it began its re-ascent to fame when it was purchased by the Bollinger group in 2005.
Based in the village of Aÿ, Ayala is known for its a delicate but pleasurable style, large chardonnay component, and low levels of dosage. The “sleeping beauty” reference is to its jewel-like Art Deco cellars from 1912, consisting of 1.6 miles of chalk tunnels extending 75 feet underground, which provide perfect temperature and humidity. The wines are crafted by Caroline Latrive, one of only 2 female cellar masters in Champagne.