Champagne Armand de Brignac released Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Two (A2), the House’s rarest, ultra-prestige cuvée to date – created by Jean-Jacques and Alexandre Cattier, 10th and 11th generation champagne growers.
The highly anticipated second assemblage release comes just weeks after the inaugural blend was awarded the number one Blanc de Noirs champagne in the world, following a blind tasting of 250 cuvées submitted as part of the 2016 annual rankings by FINE Champagne Magazine and Tastingbook.com.
Every bottle of Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs A2 is labelled with its own number within the small batch production (1 to 2,333), in addition to its disgorgement date, the company says.
Crafted with hand-picked fruit from Pinot Noir growing villages, it’s an assemblage of 100 percent Pinot Noir from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages. The expression was created from the very first and freshest portion of the cuvée press – a signature of all Armand de Brignac champagnes, ensuring the highest quality is achieved, the company says.
“Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs is our rarest jewel,” said Chef de Cave, Jean-Jacques Cattier.
Blanc de Noirs A2 rested in the cellars in France for a little more than five years. On the nose, the varietal offers grape, honeysuckle and peppermint notes, revealing hints of peach and apricot, according to the company. On the palate, it imparts fresh red fruit, mint and a hint of cinnamon, it adds.
The sparkling wine was bottled in 2011 and was stored in a special gated section of the cellars designated for its ideal conditions for ageing the blends, until disgorged on June 20 of this year. This champagne can be properly cellared until 2031.
Packaged in a 750-ml bottle, Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Two (A2) is available in limited quantities at fine wine stores in select cities globally (including Berry Bros. & Rudd and Harrods in the UK.) for a suggested retail price of $1,000.