Tasting Jay Z’s Champagne
Jay Z elevated his possession stake in Armand de Brignac Champagne, nicknamed ‘Ace of Spades’, in 2014 after shopping for out Sovereign Manufacturers.
Hip-hop followers may need glimpsed the model’s ostentatious, gold bottle making a cameo look in Jay Z’s 2006 video for ‘Present Me What You Acquired’.
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Ace of Spades has a fame as a celebration Champagne and is believed to be the one one out there in a 30-litre ‘Midas’ bottle.
Russian footballers from Euro 2016 discovered this out to their value over the summer season after being fined for attending a seaside social gathering the place trays of the Champagne had been being served to visitors with sparklers, to the tune of the Russian nationwide anthem.
However behind the excessive curler picture, how good is the wine?
It’s, in spite of everything, made by the Cattier household, which based its Champagne home in 1763, earlier than the French Revolution.
‘In the event you put apart the bling bling packaging and the excessive worth tags, the content material of the bottles is definitely fairly spectacular,’ mentioned Decanter’s tasting director, Christelle Guibert, after sampling the vary in 2016.
‘With the 100% Pinot Noir ‘Blanc de Noirs’ going for £695, Armand de Brignac is some of the costly Champagne in the marketplace. Sure, it is rather costly however so is a few of the different luxurious Champagne, so we aren’t right here to debate worth.’
Blanc de Noirs Assamblage A3
The Blanc de Noirs Assamblage Three (A3) was launched within the UK in September 2019.
Solely 3,535 bottles of Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs A3 had been made. It was disgorged on April 9 2019, and it’s produced from the 2009, 2010 and 2012 vintages.
‘The Blanc de Noirs A3 is a very gourmand wine with richness, depth and size however it’s not too heavy, as some might be,’ mentioned Chef de Cave Jean-Jacque Cattier.
A highly-limited variety of bottles of Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Three can be launched within the UK completely at Harrods.
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It’s believed Cattier nonetheless owns a part of the Armand de Brignac model alongside Jay-Z, however particular particulars haven’t been disclosed.
Cattier, which has a protracted historical past of manufacturing Champagne for others below licence, makes round 100,000 bottles of Armand de Brignac annually, representing solely a small proportion of the household’s complete annual gross sales of 1 million bottles.
The household owns 33 hectares of vineyards and the cut up between grapes purchased or owned is roughly 50%.
Emilien Boutillat, the winemaker, is among the 14 folks engaged on the Armand de Brignac model.
He advised Decanter.com that solely the primary portion of the press is used to make sure pristine juice, contemporary flavours and the best acidity potential.
The wines spend a minimum of three years on lees and three to 6 months in bottle after disgorgement. Every one of many 100,000 bottles is dressed with a metallic coating product of aluminium and completed by hand; polished and fitted with 4 pewter labels.
The vary is on the market from 75cl bottle to 30-litre Midas, and is believed to be the one Champagne to be out there in a 30-litre bottle.