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  • Country ranking ?

    4 350
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    10-20 min
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Sauteed oriental Tiger Prawns, Thai Curry noodles & Strawberries&cream

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The Story

Armand de Brignac Demi Sec was once a curiosity shared only with visitors to the maison in Chigny-les-Roses, France. The first bottles were released in 2015. A very unique wine with almost six years aging in the deep chalk cellars of Champagne, the Armand de Brignac Demi Sec is a lightly sweeter style of champagne that pairs with the most exotic of foods.

 

A trio of vintages 2006, 2007 & 2008, the assemblage is comprised of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier.

The aroma carries notes of English candy, grapefruit, compote fruits, caramel, quince and brioche. The palate is abundant with crystalized citrus fruits, honey and hints of blackberries.

 

An ideal pairing with foie gras, cheeses or lightly spiced foods. Also pairs well with exotic fruits and baked desserts.

 

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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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Tasting note

ending

Short

taste

Youthful and Medium-Dry

Written Notes

The golden-yellow Armand de Brignac NV Demi-Sec offers a nicely pure, fresh and aromatic bouquet of ripe and sweet fruits along with brioche flavors. Precise and fresh on the palate, this is a pretty sweet and fruity yet elegant and precise "prestige cuvée" assembling 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier as well as the vintages of 2009, 2010 and 2012. The wine has good grip and tension and was dosed with 33 grams per liter of sugar. Tasted from lot L107B8 in 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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A sedutively sweet nose charms with brioche and dried tropical fruit notes topped up with sweet grapefruit tones. The palate is medium-sweet and refreshing with crustace tones. Rich mousse with long concentrated finish shows lovely balance of acidity and sweetness. The sweetnes is well-integrated and it is hard to tell the wine is actually demi-sec. This champagne can be used from spicy seafood dishes to fresh fruit and berry desserts. Also a great match to Foie Gras! If you want to do the full menu with one champagne throughout the courses with fancy style - the choice is here!
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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

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Drinking temperature

6-8C

Inside Information

"I could easily imagine this accompanying a luxurious meal. Very well made with fully integrated sugar. 18/20" JancisRobinson.com

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