Armand de Brignac Brut Gold (Ace of Spades)
Non-Vintage from Champagne, France
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Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Armand de Brignac is marvelously complex and full-bodied, with a bouquet that is both fresh and lively. Its sumptuous, racy fruit character is perfectly integrated with the wine's subtle brioche accents. Its texture is deliciously creamy and the palate has great depth and impact with a long and silky finish. A superb and singular example of a Prestige Champagne.
2006 marks the unveiling of Armand de Brignac in the stunning gold bottle originally developed by Cattier for the André Courrèges fashion house. Cattier's gold bottle also made an appearance at Queen Elizabeth II of England's Golden Jubilee celebration. All labels for each bottle of Armand de Brignac are made of real pewter, polished and applied by hand. Each bottle is packaged in a black embroidered velvet bag, which completes a package that speaks to the quality of the Armand de Brignac Champagne and the care taken with each step of its realization.
"The refinement of the bubbles and impeccable pale color brought James Bond to mind for one taster, "the new Bond, the blond Bond." The comment generated a flurry of critical reviews from the panelists: "This is more Timothy Dalton: polished, looks good, but doesn't have a lot to say." "This is more like Gregory Peck: It has nothing to prove." "Burt Lancaster in A Wild Thing." "Clooney on ER before he got polished..." This is a bold and powerful wine that holds its balance. Driven by scents of brioche and chalk, along with intense acidity, it should develop well with several years of bottle age."
Wine & Spirits
"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."
International Wine Cellar
Simply a fantastic classic Brut Champagne. Armand de Brignac is quite dry - but not too dry - and has a lovely brioche and white, fresh flower aroma and is all delightful citrus and young Chardonnay with a bit of minerality on the palate. I've read a review somewhere describing the wine as incredibly moreish and that fits the bill - one glass, or even one bottle isn't enough!
Hands down, Armand de Brignac is my favorite champagne. I first tried it when it was rated the world’s number one champagne by Fine Champagne Magazine in a blind tasting of over 1,000 brands including all the industry’s stalwarts … Dom, Cristal, Pol Roger Cuvée, etc. … and after seeing the positive reviews from a number of the world’s leading wine experts. It is now a mainstay of our parties and truly conveys an extraordinary experience for all. And I recently read that it is made entirely by hand by only eight people – there is simply no comparison to that level of craftsmanship these days.
Bottle is in decent condition I guess. Part of the Spade logo was coming off. This DOES NOT come in the nice black box. I was expecting that it did, and it would be nice if the description mentioned that one way or another. It was disappointing. As for the taste of the wine I have not tasted it yet because I bought this for my wedding, so I wont open it for a few weeks yet.
Not even worth $50. I don't know what the fuss and hype is all about, this champagne compares to Henriot. Presentation is great, but how can you charge this for a non-vintage champagne that is pretty much the same as their regular Cattier. (Cattier is the champagne house that makes Armand de Brignac) The price you pay here is for the marketing, and presentation. Quality is poor, and for this kind of money I would go for Dom Perignon, Louis Roederer Cristal, or if you like a bit heavier/full-bodied champagnes the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame.
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Armand de Brignac is produced by Armand de Brignac Champagne of Reims, France. The Cattier family has owned and cultivated land in the Champagne region"s Montagne de Reims Terroir since 1763, and coined the Armand de Brignac name in the 1950s. In our search for a Champagne that would meet our standards for a finer luxury Champagne,
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