Armand de Brignac by Cattier

A brand that needs little introduction – Armand de Brignac, the golden champagne of the elite. Otherwise known as ‘Ace of Spades.’

Armand de Brignac is a brand owned by another of our excellent champagne producers – Cattier. The Cattier family have a rich history as an elite Champagne house and have been family run since 1763. The Cattier cellars are some of the the oldest and deepest in Champagne, with three iconic and beautiful styles of architecture residing in the caverns: Gothic, Renaissance, and Roman. Armand de Brignac is aged in an exclusive, gated section of the deepest part of these cellars, 119 steps underground.

The three grape varieties permitted for inclusion in genuine Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Armand de Brignac cuvées derive their light, racy effervescence from the fine quality of their own Chardonnay grapes, while Pinot Noir lends strength, boldness, and depth of palate. Finally, Pinot Meunier adds roundness, nuance, and fruitiness to the Armand de Brignac cuvées. 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.

Although many of Champagne’s producers now use industrial-grade, high volume presses, Armand de Brignac employs a traditional Coquart press. This ensures a slow and high-quality yield is extracted from the carefully hand-sorted grapes; each bottle is made from a small fraction of the first pressing of the grapes. 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 the winemakers to preserve the house’s character year after year. Once perfect, Armand de Brignac is bottled by one craftsman using a traditional device. Although this painstaking process limits output, it enables the expert artisans to ensure that each bottle of Armand de Brignac meets the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.

Notably, Hip-Hop and Rap legend, Jay-Z has a keen involvement in the Armand de Brignac brand. Investing in the brand, as well as introducing it in his music videos has earned it a place on the wish-list of many stars.

“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.” – Armand de Brignac 

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