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  • Decanting time

    10 min
  • When to drink

    Now-2025
  • Food Pairing

    Seared Scallops, Roasted Quail & Sauteed Fresh Water Fish

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FINE Champagne Magazine, the only international publication devoted to champagne, have annually assessed the vast offering on the international markets since 2010 producing the ranking of ‘100 Best Champagnes’. On the debut year, Armand de Brignac Brut Gold was celebrated as the best champagne of the year. 

The first release from Armand de Brignac, the Brut Gold remains the most iconic cuvée in the range. Rich with the old world traditions of champagne blending, it is a trio of vintages from some of the most lauded terroirs in the region, resulting in a prestige cuvée that expresses vibrant fresh fruit character, and layers of complexity.

Peach, apricot and red berry aromas are followed by crystalized citrus, orange blossom and hints of brioche. The palate is rich with cherries, exotic fruits and a touch of lemon, vanilla and honey. The mouth feel is soft and creamy, with a hint of toastiness, from the unique Armand de Brignac dosage which is aged for one year in French oak barrels. Drinking beautifully now or can be rested under ideal cellaring conditions, until 2025.

Ideal as an aperitif or pairs perfectly with seared scallops, roasted quail and fresh water fish.

Blend: 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier

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The Story

Armand de Brignac Gold Brut is the iconic, flagship tête de cuvée from the 11th generation Montagne de Reims champagne growers, the Cattier family. Reflecting the rich traditions of blending in Champagne, the assemblage comprises 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier and is a trio of vintages; 2009, 2010 and 2012.

 

To taste, the Armand de Brignac Gold Brut reveals peach, apricot and red berry aromas, followed by crystalized citrus, orange blossom and hints of brioche.  The palate is rich with cherries, exotic fruits and a touch of lemon, vanilla and honey. The mouth feel is soft and creamy, with a hint of toastiness, from the unique Armand de Brignac dosage which is aged for one year in French oak barrels.

 

Ideal as an aperitif or pairs perfectly with seared scallops, roasted quail and freshwater fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
211€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

91 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Long, Pure and Round

flavors

Tropical fruits, Citrus, Vanilla, Creamy, White fruits and Honey

nose

Intense, Seductive, Tempting and Rich

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Good texture, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Fresh, Harmonious, Round, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

nice but not special and Well-rounded

Written Notes

Tasted from magnum (the 750-milliliter bottle costs $285), the NV Brut (Gold) opens with lovely matured brioche, toast and ripe fruit flavors. Fresh, pure and elegant on the palate, with beautifully matured flavors and an elegant creaminess I don't find in the other cuvées, the "Gold" is a blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier as well as the vintages of 2009, 2010 and 2012. The wine reveals good grip and mineral tension and drinks well as an aperitif or with seafood and fish. Tasted from L09B8, 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.

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Rich and concentrated nose full of lively ripe fruitiness. Open and voluptuous nose with spices, cinnamon and red berries. The generous fruitiness continues on the palate. The structure is stylish and firm with velvety elegant mousse. Fascinating and mouth-filling experience that it drinking well already now but possesses aging potential for 10 to 20 years maturation. A lot better than I expected. 94 points
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Lovely fresh and floral nose with white flowers, pears, apples and hints of spiceness – cinnamon. The palate is dry and crisp with light body. The mouth is filled with creamy mousse and citrussy mineral bite refreshes the lingering aftertaste. Perfect champagne to drink with Toast Skagen.
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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

Very good

Fake factory

None

Drinking temperature

6-8C

Inside Information

Armand de Brignac cuvées derive their light, racy effervescence from the quality of our Chardonnay grapes, while Pinot Noir lends strength, boldness, and depth of palate. Finally, Pinot Meunier adds roundness, nuance, and fruitiness to the cuvées of our range. For Armand de Brignac, these grapes are selected from only the finest vineyards in La Marne, including Grand Cru - rated villages like Cramant, Avize, Oger, and Choilly, and Premier Cru towns including Ludes, Rilly-la-Montagne, Villers Allerand, Taissy, Villers Marmery, and Mareuil-sur-Ay. Harvest & Pressing In keeping with Champagne's reputation as a celebratory wine, harvest is a joyous time in the vineyards. This is the time when the grapes are finally ready for their transformation into wine. One might even say that some of the harvest revelry is imparted through the 250 million bubbles in each bottle of Armand de Brignac. The harvest generally takes place during two weeks in September, although weather sometimes dictates a change of dates. By law, all Champagne grapes must be picked by hand; for these two weeks the vineyards are filled with workers, including the members of our family, who join the house staff in the fields. At the harvest celebration, all take time to enjoy the chateau’s reserve wines, paired alongside traditional country meals. These traditions date back centuries, when our vineyards were owned and tended by King Louis XV’s officers and royalty savored the best wines made by each chateau.

Although many of Champagne’s producers now use industrial-grade, high volume presses, we employ a traditional Coquart press for Armand de Brignac. This ensures a slow and high-quality yield is extracted from our carefully hand-sorted grapes; each bottle is made from a small fraction of the first pressing of the grapes. To earn its classification as a prestige cuvée, Armand de Brignac is made from the most exquisite, richest wine from each harvest. This enables the Champagne to become more complex and subtle as it ages. Blending & Ageing After the grapes are pressed, our chateau's father-and-son oenologues create the signature blends that embody the quality and uncompromised individuality of Armand de Brignac. For each bottling, three distinct vintages from outstanding harvest years are blended together to comprise the final cuvée. The art of blending Champagne varietals and vintages is the most important part of the craft, and allows our winemakers to preserve the house's character from year to year. When our master oenologues have achieved the perfect formula, Armand de Brignac is bottled by one craftsman using a traditional device. Although this painstaking process limits our output, it enables our expert artisans to ensure that each bottle of Armand de Brignac meets the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. After our Champagne has been bottled and sealed, the bottles are stored in a special gated section of the cellars designated for its ideal conditions for ageing these blends. Descending more than 119 steps (over 30 meters) underground, the cellars are considered among the deepest in Champagne and maintain a constant cool temperature conducive to the slow, natural ageing process necessary to create the extraordinary and subtle character of Armand de Brignac. Remuage & 

Dégorgement: After ageing for four to five years in the chalk cellars, the bottles are placed in traditional wooden racks to undergo remuage – a centuries-old riddling process. During remuage, each vessel is turned slightly by hand every day to sift out the sediment which settles in the bottlenecks. A full month of gradual riddling is necessary to completely and perfectly purify the wine without disturbing its natural ageing process.

 

“Bright gold with a strong bead. Highly perfumed bouquet displays pear, nectarine, honeysuckle and sweet butter, plus an undercurrent of spice, ginger and lemon pith adding energy. Fleshy pit fruit and soft citrus flavors provide very good palate coverage and offer pungent spice and candied floral qualities on the back end. Nervy minerality adds lift and cut to the long, gently smoky and subtly sweet finish, which leaves candied orange peel and floral notes behind.” -Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

 

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV (10's)  ( Champagne Armand de Brignac )

"DP rosé 2002 will be great in 5-years. Henriot rosé get it drink it!!!!!"

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BWW-The Best Wine of the World-competition is by far the toughest wine competition on this planet. Unlike any other industry competition, only 1% of the wines involved will be awarded. 

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