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After hearing all about this high-end champagne, we had to check it out for ourselves to see what all the hype is about.  Colloquially known as the “Ace of Spades,” Armand de Brignac champagne indeed proves that it trumps above all others!

Armand de Brignac recently made an appearance on January 26, 2010 at The Eldridge when Solagne Knowles hosted a benefit for Haiti, where she danced and DJed alongside sister Beyonce and an entourage of friends, including Jay-Z, Michelle Williams, Andre Harrell, Steve Stoute, and Daniel Merriweather.

The brand got its first taste of fame in 2006 when Jay-Z broke off relations with Cristal and hailed Armand his new (unofficial) go-to champagne, even featuring it in his music video.  But did he pick Armand only because he just wanted to show everyone he’s awesome by picking an even more expensive champagne?

Apparently Armand has rightfully earned their steep $300 price tag!  In a blind taste-test of 1,000 different champagne brands with wine critics and sommeliers, Armand was ranked the No.1 champagne in the world!  The champagnes were rated on a 100-point scale, and if they were less than four points apart they were re-tasted and re-tested (and blahblah, etc.), and in conclusion, Armand beat out many of the great names that you’ll recognize from this list:

The Top Ten:
1. 96p – Armand de Brignac Brut Gold
2. 95p – 2000 Dom Pérignon
3. 94p – 1998 Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou
4. 94p – 2002 Roederer Cristal
5. 94p – 2000 Egerier de Pannier
6. 94p – 1998 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
7. 93p – 1998 Dom Pérignon Rosé
8. 93p – 1999 Jacquart Blanc de Blancs
9. 93p – 2002 Roederer Cristal Rosé
10. 93p – NV Chartogne-Taillet Fiacre

Even against all the renowned champagne brands, Armand rose to the top!

So even the experts proved that it tastes magnificent: but why the hefty price for each bottle?

The entire champagne-production process is lead by Jean-Jacques Cattier and his son, Alexandre Cattier, along with only eight others, from grape to bottle to glass through traditional hand labor-intensive methods.  The Cattier family has owned and cultivated vineyards in the prestigious Montagne de Reims terroir of the French Champagne region since 1763, taking every care and precaution to ensure that each bottle is made to perfection.  And therein lies their long-standing family tradition and the secret to their superior and unmatched quality.

Inspired by famed French fashion designer André Courrèges, each metallic bottle is crafted entirely by hand, featuring two Ace of Spades insignias and four hand-applied pewter labels.  The bottle is then housed in a black wooden case embossed with the champagne’s royal crest.  Each box is lined in velvet and fitted with an engraved nameplate, reflecting the splendor and grand style of the French fashion world and perfectly housing the elegant champagne within.  Each bottle is truly a work of art, and is a worthy gift to bestow upon a loved one – perhaps for Valentine’s Day?

They have three types to choose from –  the Brut Gold, a Rosé, and a Blanc de Blancs – that will all delight your taste buds.  Get your lips around a glass to experience the luxuriousness for yourself.

Yours,
Von

… I want!!

Where can you snag your own bottle?  With this caliber of champagne, you can expect to find it only at the top clubs, such as The Eldridge, 1Oak, and Tenjune, for approximately $1,500 and up.  If you’re not the flashy type (which you are if you’re drinking this), here are a few local retailers to grab a bottle for $300+.

Astor Wines & Spirits
399 Lafayette St.
212.674.7500

Park Avenue Liquor
292 Madison Ave
212.685.2442

Crush Wine Co.
153 E. 57th St.
212.980.9463

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Of the blind taste-test of 1,000 champagne brands results, Fine Champagne Editor-in-Chief Pekka Nuikki said:

“Our highest rating went to Armand de Brignac: a fine, smooth and creamy champagne with underlying power and great mineral freshness. The panel praised the wine for its classic style and perfect drinkability today that does not compromise its aging capacity. It has everything a truly great champagne can offer, and the packaging – the distinctive, showy golden “ace of spades” bottle – serves as a brilliant example of Armand de Brignac’s courageous, successful branding.”

This extraordinary recognition crowns a series of accolades accumulated from expert critics, journalists, and wine lovers all over the world.

“To be selected as the best-tasting Champagne in the world is a remarkable achievement, but to receive such an award in a large blind-tasting competition is testimony to the quality of our product,” said Jean-Jacques Cattier, head winemaker of Champagne Armand de Brignac and the estate’s patriarch.  “It is a further incentive to continue making the best Champagne in the world for those who are truly passionate about the art of Champagne.”

About Armand de Brignac Champagne

Armand de Brignac Champagne, a prestige cuvée bearing recognizable pewter Ace of Spades insignias on its bottle, exemplifies unmatched winemaking expertise and a true passion for the art of Champagne.  Armand de Brignac is produced by the award-winning Champagne Cattier chateau of Chigny-les-Roses, France.  The Cattier family has owned and cultivated vineyards in the Montagne de Reims terroir in the French Champagne region since 1763, and Patriarch Jean-Jacques Cattier oversees the production of Armand de Brignac using intricate, old-world production techniques and a staff of only eight people.  Armand de Brignac is currently available in approximately 50 countries worldwide.  The Champagne counts among its accolades a score of 98 (out of 100) points from world-renowned wine critic José Peñín, a glowing review from UK critic Jancis Robinson, and has now been ranked #1 among the world’s best Champagnes by FINE Champagne magazine.

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