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. Armand de Brignac bottles are filled, corked, and cultivated by hand by our caretakers throughout the aging process. The Armand de Brignac cellars are considered the deepest in the Reims Terroir.
Each Armand de Brignac bottling contains a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier from three distinct vintages, chosen from years of outstanding harvests. The Champagne is comprised entirely of grapes from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards from three of the region’s historic terroirs: the Montagne de Reims, Cote des Blancs, and Vallee de la Marne.
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.
The Champagne has received universal critical acclaim, including a remarkable score of 98 points from wine critic José Peñín, 4.9 out of 5 points from Champagne writer Kåre Halldén, 9 out of 10 points from critic Davor Butkovic, and many others. It is currently rated the #1 champagne in the world.
Armand de Brignac is packaged in a 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 handsome black wooden gift box , 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.
94 Points - Wine & Spirits
"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."
91 Points - International Wine Cellar
"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."