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N.V. Armand de Brignac Brut

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case

ITEM 7945848 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
musigny45 2 $195 $390
12 $195
Item Sold Amount Date
I8007396 1 $245 Nov 28, 2021
I8007395 2 $245 Nov 28, 2021
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N.V. Armand de Brignac Brut

RATINGS

95Decanter Magazine (points)

...rich with notes of white flowers & crème patissière.... crisp, fresh and delicate with a lovely creamy texture. It is elegant, refined and very stylish... a pleasant combination of power and concentration blended with finesse & elegance.

92Wine Spectator

An elegant, creamy Champagne, with pretty apple blossom and spice notes leading to finely meshed flavors of ripe white cherry, whole-grain toast and spun honey, framed by fresh, citrusy acidity.

91Vinous / IWC

Highly perfumed bouquet displays pear, nectarine, honeysuckle and sweet butter, plus an undercurrent of spice, ginger and lemon pith adding energy.

91Wine Enthusiast

A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier & Pinot Noir, ripe, well-balanced, some toast that adds complexity & richness to the apple & lemon fruit, indicating a mature bottling... in a gold-foil bottle is one of five made by the Cattier house...

17.5Jancis Robinson

Much more impressive than the rosé in terms of autolytic character, and there’s more fruit definition too. Good, lengthy finish. Honeyed but dry.

PRODUCER

Armand de Brignac

Armand de Brignac is in Chigny les Roses, in France’s Champagne region. It has been owned and operated by the Cattier family since the 18th century and remains an independent producer. It is also notable for its stylish metallic-looking bottles, which are decorated with an Ace of Spades emblem at a single site in France’s Cognac region. Armand de Brignac says the bottles are partly an homage to France’s fashion industry and that they were originally inspired by the French designer Andre Courreges. The estate makes several styles of Champagne using only the legally allowable grapes, which are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

REGION

France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.