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Luxe champagne Armand de Brignac exemplifies liquid luxury.



BY Jafri M.

Celebrated parties around the world will never be the same without the right bubbles and there is nothing that represents indulgence as a 15-litre Armand de Brignac, also called “Ace of Spades” on at a beach club in the desert with bikini-clad babes in tow.

Sounds like your kind of fun? Well, that’s what bungalow guests at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas were offered – an exclusive limited production of 15L Armand de Brignac Rosé for a cool $100,000. Girls not included.

While the partying continues at every corner of the world today, it must be noted that this award-winning liquid that hails from the Champagne Cattier chateau of Chigny-les-Roses in France has been in production since 1763.

The Cattier family owned and cultivated vineyards in the notable Montagne de Reims terroir of the French Champagne region. It is a refined, artistic process that persists till this day with Jean-Jacques Cattier and his son, Alexandre Cattier, along with some six other craftspeople, creating the champagne from grape to glass through traditional Champenois tools and labour-intensive methods.

For instance, remuage (riddling) is done by hand on traditional Luxe champagne Armand de Brignac exemplifies liquid luxury. By Jafri M. Armand de Brignac, with its iconic Ace of Spades insignias, boasts three prestige cuvées - Brut Gold, Rosé and Blanc de Blancs – and is available at Profiters International, Corndale Consultants, and selected fine wines retail outlets from $450 onwards. wooden racks, after which bottles are degorged manually with a craftsman pouring out the sediment manually.

The liquid gem is aged in a gated section of the cellars 119 steps underground. One of the deepest in the region, it ensures a slow, uniform aging. Each cuvée includes a unique liqueur de dosage aged one full year in oak barrels from Burgundy and Champagne for heightened character and subtlety.

Many champagnes are produced in millions of bottles using high capacity filling machinery. Industrial-grade presses are used with modern bottling lines. But not with Armand de Brignac. Its real pewter labels are individually stamped, manually polished, and applied by hand. And the opaque hand-dipped metallic bottle, inspired by famed French fashion designer André Courrèges, is presented in a black, velvet-lined wooden case embossed with the champagne’s royal crest.

Liquid art indeed.

 

Armand de Brignac, with its iconic Ace of Spades insignias, boasts three prestige cuvées - Brut Gold, Rosé and Blanc de Blancs – and is available at Profiters International, Corndale Consultants, and selected fine wines retail outlets from $450 onwards.