Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Brut Gold Champagne
Pairs with: Salmon crudo
Good for: A night in the club
Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
I am from: Champagne, France
The Story: Armand de Brignac, known colloquially as Ace of Spades, is a French Champagne brand owned by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and produced by Champagne Cattier. The family has a rich history as an elite Champagne house in the tiny village of Chigny les Roses as they have owned and cultivated family vineyards since 1763. Today, Patriarch Jean-Jacques Cattier oversees the Chateau's wine production with strictly limited annual yields, ensuring that the family's artisanal winemaking traditions are kept alive in each bottle.
The Cattier cellars are among the deepest and oldest in the Champagne region and are classified by the Comité Interprofessional du Vin de Champagne and the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine. They have three styles of architecture represented in the caverns: Gothic, Renaissance, and Roman. Armand de Brignac is aged in a special, gated section of the deepest part of these cellars, 119 steps underground.
Why You'll Love Me: Aromas of peach, apricot and red berry are followed by crystalized citrus and a hint of toastiness -- elegant, refined and very stylish!