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  • Decanting time

    5-10min
  • When to drink

    Now-2030
  • Food Pairing

    Glazed duck breast

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The Story

This rare jewel from Armand de Brignac is rooted in the terrior of Montagne de Reims, with the 100% Pinot Noir champagne crafted using exceptional fruit from some of the most iconic black grape villages in the region, such as Verzy, Verzenay, Chigny-les-Roses and Rilly-la-Montagne. The first assemblage – released in November 2015 – was a total release of less than 3,000 bottles for the world. It is a trio of vintages; 2006, 2008 & 2009.

 

Peach, apricot and red berry aromas are followed by crystalized citrus, orange blossom and hints of brioche. The palate has power and vinosity that reveal fresh red fruits, hints of mint and a very light toastiness.

 

Pair this Blanc de Noirs as you would a red Burgundy; glazed duck breast, roasted pork tenderloin and oven baked salmon fillet. 

 

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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
785€

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The NV Blanc de Noirs "Assemblage Two" (or "A2") is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from top vineyards in the Montagne de Reims. This cuvée (L107C8) blends the vintages of 2008, 2009 and 2010. It opens with a pretty delicate yet slightly reductive bouquet of bright red fruits (raspberries, cherries) and white mushrooms. Black bread or pumpernickel as well as green walnut flavors on the palate lead to a firmly structured Champagne that is slightly drying on the finish and does not really stimulate, although it reveals nice salinity. This is probably (and hopefully) not the very best bottle. 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.

Very delightful nose with strawberries, bisquit and hints of toastiness. Very crisp medium-bodied wine with a persistant and mouth-capturing mousse, reflecting marked minerality and lovely brioche flavours that are enhanced by delicate strawberry aromas. Long, lingering finish with touch of roasted coffee beans.
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A rich nose charms with plethora of aromas – peach, small dark cherries, almonds, brioche and floral tones. The rich mousse and mouthfilling round medium-bodied palate is exceptional compared to other Armand de Brignac cuvées which shows lighter in style. The dry, fresh and well-structured palate is intense and it lingers long in the firm aftertaste. A great champagne and the most pleasing Blanc de Noirs, I have tasted. A perfect match with smoked salmon and truffle risotto.
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Soil

Clay and limestone.

Vineyard size

33 hectares

Winemaker

Jean-Jacques Cattier and Alexandre Cattier

Value For Money

Good

Release state price

850$

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Drinking temperature

6-8C

Inside Information

The Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs is crafted from 100% Pinot Noir fruit, from some of the best black-grape producing villages in Champagne. A winemaking signature of Armand de Brignac is extreme selectivity in juice extraction, with the winemakers taking solely the first and freshest portion of the gentle cuvée grape press. This no-compromise approach to producing the most exceptional quality, resulted in a release of less than 3,000 bottles in November 2015.

Food pairings: Pair this as you would a red Burgundy; glazed duck breast, roasted pork tenderloin and oven-baked salmon fillet.

"Really quite a delicate wine, this unusually ambitious Montagne de Reims bottling. 18/20." JancisRobinson.com

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