Armand de Brignac, colloquially “Ace of Spades” after the logo, is the name of a Champagne brand produced by Champagne Cattier, and sold in opaque metallic bottles. The brand’s first bottling, Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, is identifiable by its distinctive gold bottle with pewter Ace of Spades labels. The brand is owned by New York City-based Sovereign Brands in partnership with Cattier, and was introduced in late 2006.
Clos du Moulin: A fenced vineyard maximum of one hectare in size, which is behind the label, Clos’. With walls that are around 1.60 meters high and leave the daytime sun stored in the cool of the night at the vineyard. Grapes of exceptional flavor intensity are perfect for a champagne supreme elegance. Instead of at least three years of maturity such an exquisite drop remains in the cellars of six to 10 years. Nevertheless, the Clos are cumbersome to manage, which is why there are only a few of them.
Actually, hardly anyone would buy because of a cellar an entire estate. In Champagne, it is common practice – if you ever have the good fortune to purchase a home with a suitable cellar. This happened in the village of Chigny-les-Roses, the Village Fleuri, the flower village. Champagne house Cattier has bought a property here, whose actual value is underground: a 200 meter long chalk cellar, 30 meters deep. Home to four million bottles.
Goosebumps. Not only because of the cold in the damp cellars, but because of an unreal sight: Champagne bottles in gold, silver and shimmering rosé. Perfectly illuminated, so you can shine even light up the pale chalk walls. We are in the inner sanctum of the Cattier-cellar, in the realm of Armand de Brignac. Each step of the harvest to the bottling is loving handwork.
Armand de Brignac bottles are aging in a special section of the Cattier cellars, which are 30 meters below the ground to the deepest of Champagne. There, a low, constant temperature ensures that promotes a slow aging of champagne. Both shaking and rotating the bottles, which are mounted on wooden shelves in a horizontal position for this process are carried out over a period of 30 to 45 days entirely by hand on ancient way.
The elder M. Cattier, patriach of our house and its resident connoisseur, is truly representative of Armand de Brignac’s innovative marriage of old-world technique with modern innovation. Born and raised in Chigny-les-Roses, the small village where his family has owned vineyards since the 1700’s, M. Cattier was made an oenologist at the age of 25 –after he had already earned a Master’s degree in Physics. After returning from an adventurous scientific mission to the Antarctic Kerguelen Islands, M. Cattier returned to Chigny-les-Roses and assumed his current role at our house and vineyards, a position he has held for the past 35 years. Now joined by his son (and fellow oenologist) Alexandre, M. Cattier brings his family’s unmatched winemaking expertise, adventurous spirit, and true passion for Champagne to Armand de Brignac, a labor of love for the Cattiers and the jewel of the annual harvest.
“Suppose you set out on the search for a truly unique champagne, one who does justice to the much too rare sowed , beautiful occasions of life. Just for those moments we have developed the prestige cuvée Armand de Brignac. Whenever there is an exceptionally good wine year to visit my son Alexandre and I the best wine-growing villages of the three famous areas of our region . Montagne de Reims, Cote des Blancs and the Vallée de la Marne Here come for us only such type of wine in question, carry either the award Premier Cru or Grand Cr, “says Jean -Jacques Cattier. “In our press-house, we use the traditional Coquart press. In this process, only the juiciest component of the first must is obtained. This is mixed for Armand de Brignac of the juice of the harvests of two previous vintages, which were obtained on equally careful manner . The bottles are then stored for at least three years in our cellars . “Exceptional metal bottle was originally devised for the famous French fashion house Courrèges André. Each is made by hand and carries both two ace of spades – bands and four attached by hand tin labels.
Armand de Brignac Champagne is currently produced in three distinct cuvées, each created by the same exacting standards, entirely by hand.
Armand de Brignac Gold: 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier. Its bouquet is complex and full-bodied, fresh and lively with light floral notes. He has a racy fruit character on the palate with well integrated, subtle brioche accents. Its texture is deliciously creamy, with great depth and a long, silky finish. The sugar content is 9.65 g / L. The 0.75 liter bottle is available at a price of approximately € 320.-. In addition, he was selected in a blind tasting of Fine Champagne Magazine the best champagne in the world.
Armand de Brignac Rosé: 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. It is produced by the assemblage method, with 12% hydrochloric Pinot Noir wine a sparkling white wine blend is added. The bouquet is pure and rich in red fruits. A beautiful salmon-colored sparkling wine with flavors of fresh strawberries and blackcurrant. He also has an elegant transition to a long finish. Its sugar content is 9.65 g / L. The 0.75 liter bottle is available at a price of approximately € 420.-.
Armand de Brignac’s Champagnes are marketed as flagship cuvées in selected markets. They are produced in a multi-vintage style (like Krug’s Grande Cuvée) as opposed to the vintage prestige cuvées of some other Champagne houses (including Louis Roederer’s Cristal and Moët et Chandon’s Dom Pérignon). Like much Champagne, the Brut Gold cuvée is a blend of the grape varieties Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, making use of only Premier Cru and Grand Cru-rated grapes. Two other cuvées, a Rosé and a Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) were released in 2008.
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Size is no limitation to the vintners at Armand de Brignac, who unleashed the world’s largest luxury bottle of champagne that would weigh-in as light during a boxing match, but contend as a heavy-weight in terms of alcohol bottles. Coming in at 30 liters, Midas – named for its literal golden shimmer – is equivalent to roughly 40 regular sized bottles of your normal, everyday champagne. That means it’s best to serve this Midas of a bottle, named after Greek mythology’s King Midas who “turned everything into gold,” at an extravagant affair; these famous bubbles, despite the hefty price tag of $100,000, won’t last past midnight.
So far, this golden heir of a sparkling wine has been auctioned off to one lucky baller following an evening out at Las Vegas’ Encore nightclub XS (in 2011). The Armand de Brignac walked away with two security guards, who were needed just as much for protection as they were for their size.
Armand de Brignac has announced, Armand de Brignac Dynastie – an extremely rare and unique collection of Brut Gold Champagne bottle sizes ranging from the regular-sized 750ml right up to our exclusive and record breaking 30L Midas. The Dynastie collection will make its European debut during the Monaco Grand Prix Weekend with an exclusive Armand de Brignac Gold Party, which took place on the 24 th of May 2013 at Billionaire Club, Monaco.
The collection, formed of nine different sizes of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, ranging from a standard 75cl bottle to a 30L Midas, was bought by businessman Charles Shaker at the Billionaire Club in Monte-Carlo earlier this year at a party celebrating the Monaco Grand Prix.
Hakkasan Las Vegas, the new, five-level culinary and nightlife mecca at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, is the first nightlife complex in the world to offer the Armand de Brignac “Dynastie” collection and has exclusively listed the unprecedented package for $500,000.00 , making it the world’s most extravagant bottle service experience.
The collection comprises of nine bottle sizes and includes three new bottles sizes that have been added to the range of the flagship Brut Gold prestige cuvée.
Robert Parker’s Guide of French Wines rates Cattier as “excellent – among the best producers of Champagne.” Centuries spent perfecting the art of Champagne are put to use in each Armand de Brignac cuvée.
Armand de Brignac Brut Gold is the best champagne in the world!