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    1 191
  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    10 min
  • When to drink

    Now-2025
  • Food Pairing

    Shellfish carpaccio, sashimis & grilled sea bass

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This is the third addition to the range, launched around 2011. Again, it's a blend of 2009, 2010 and 2012, with 50% of the Chardonnay sourced from Cattier’s own vineyards in Montagne de Reims, and the other 50% from the Côte des Blanc - mostly from the village of Cramant. This is definitely more complex, rounder and richer than your average Blanc de Blancs. Grapefruit and white flower aromas come to mind. While opulent, it is focussed, with tremendous depth wrapped up by a backbone of acidity. A hardly noticeable dosage of 8g/

Armand de Brignac Blanc de Blancs is pressed from an exclusive selection of white Chardonnay from famed Grand Cru villages including Cramant, Avize, and Oger.

The result of uncompromising insistence on grape and vintage perfection, our Blanc de Blancs is at the pinnacle of the style, and rates as one of the most remarkable Champagnes ever created – as well as one of the rarest. Our Blanc de Blancs comprises no more than 5% of our small annual production.

This beautiful pale-gold 100% Chardonnay Champagne has a light, clear bouquet possessed of youthful fruit notes and floral accents. The structure of the wine is delicate and light; the palate is dry, ethereal and complex. Our Blanc de Blancs is bottled in a platinum bottle with matching antique silver labels and is an experience of ultimate luxury.

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The Story

The first single varietal from Armand de Brignac, this 100% Chardonnay is crafted with fruit sourced from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terriors of Champagne. Aged for almost six years in the cellars in France, this assemblage is a trio of vintages; 2006, 2008 & 2009.

A sophisticated nose that at first reveals hints of green apple, vanilla, coconut and freshly baked biscuits. After some time in the glass, it opens to notes of fresh cut lillies and a touch of minerality. Beautiful paired with carpaccio of shellfish or scallops, sashimi, grilled sea bass or a light cheese.

 

 

 

 

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Wine Information

Champagne Armand de Brignac is a range of prestige cuvées that offer uncompromising quality and taste, crafted by 11th generation champagne growers, the Cattier family. Drawing upon more than 250 years of experience in the region, the father and son winemaking team dedicate intense attention to detail in the creation of the Armand de Brignac champagnes. They source fruit from the vineyards showing the highest quality of the harvest, taking solely the first and freshest portion of the cuvée press and blending a unique trio of vintages for each assemblage.

Each metalized bottle is finished by hand, with the application of French pewter labels, polished, and housed in a wooden lacquered gift box, ensuring every single bottle is unique. A small and highly skilled team of just 14 people touch a bottle of Armand de Brignac, from pressing the fruit to the bottle’s departure from the cellars in France.

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Average Bottle Price

2018
341€

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

95 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Medium, Gentle and Lingering

flavors

Vanilla, Truffles, Perfumed, White fruits, Bread and Toasty

nose

Open, Seductive, Pure and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Balanced, Concentrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Light, Modest, Fresh, Vivid, Firm and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Transparent

Written Notes

 vivacious Champagne, with fine integration of the racy acidity and chalky bead, rich mineral character and creamy palate of glazed apricot, ground anise, biscuit and passion fruit flavors. Offers a firm, focused finish.

  • 96p

Assemblage 2 – Light,  bright yellow colour. Open, fresh nose with apples and white flower aromas. Dry, soft and elegant palate with creamy mousse. Delicate and gentle finish. Serves well with fried scallops. JL 88p (17/9/2020)

  • 88p

The NV Blanc de Blancs (tasted from the 0.75-liter bottle) is a pure Chardonnay sourced in the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims and is a blend of the 2005, 2006 and 2008 vintages. The cuvée (Lot L107A8) opens with a clear, fresh and intense bouquet of ripe fruits and some chalky flavors. Full-bodied, terribly fresh and with good grip and tension, this is a persistent, salty-mineral and still a bit nervous Blanc de Blancs with good aging potential. (The magnum sells for $1,500.) Tasted April 2018.

Since November 2014, Armand de Brignac has been the Champagne brand of rapper and music producer JAY-Z. The five non-vintage cuvées, which are sold in opaque metallic bottles and at absolutely crazy prices, are produced by father and son Jean-Jacques and Alexandre Cattier from Champagne Cattier who started releasing de Brignac in 2006. The fruit—Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay—comes from vineyards owned by the Cattier family and from growers in selected villages across the region. For Armand de Brignac, colloquially known as "Ace of Spades," only the tête de cuvée of the press is used, so the very finest part. Each cuvée assembles three vintages and is dosed with matured wines aged in oak barrels. Aged for several years on the second lees, the wines are intense, powerful, well-structured and of excellent quality. The brand's first bottling, Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, is still the finest cuvée due to its richness and ripeness. The Blanc de Blancs, released in 2015 for the first time, is also a highly expressive NV with a chalky-mineral character that needs more time in the bottle to show its true class. The second assemblage of the prestigious Blanc de Noir, a rare Pinot Noir (2,333 bottles), was rather disappointing when tasted in April but will be tasted again soon.

  • 92p

Crystal clear, light golden colour. Toasty wide open nose of pineapple, toffee and dried fruits. Excellent fruit ripeness and perfumery charm. Rich and round palate with firm acidic backbone. Very long lasting finish for B de B. A charming example of a fresh, pure Chardonnay. At a great drinking age but will continue to age beautifully.

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Soil

Clay and limestone.

Vineyard size

33 hectares

Grapes

100% Chardonnay

Winemaker

Jean-Jacques Cattier and Alexandre Cattier

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Drinking temperature

6-8C

Inside Information

Armand de Brignac Blanc de Blancs is pressed from an exclusive selection of white Chardonnay from famed Grand Cru villages including Cramant, Avize, and Oger.

The result of uncompromising insistence on grape and vintage perfection, our Blanc de Blancs is at the pinnacle of the style, and rates as one of the most remarkable Champagnes ever created – as well as one of the rarest. Our Blanc de Blancs comprises no more than 5% of our small annual production.

This beautiful pale-gold 100% Chardonnay Champagne has a light, clear bouquet possessed of youthful fruit notes and floral accents. The structure of the wine is delicate and light; the palate is dry, ethereal and complex. Our Blanc de Blancs is bottled in a platinum bottle with matching antique silver labels and is an experience of ultimate luxury.

Double Gold Medal - 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition

'Extraordinary Exceptional+' rating, Christie's World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine (2014 Edition) by Tom Stevenson & Essi Avellan MW

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