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 VintageN.V. Label 1 of 6 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerArmand de Brignac (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationAce of Spades
SubRegionMontagne de Reims
UPC Code(s)081753802561, 3440600131020

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2021 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Armand De Brignac Brut Ace of Spades on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 58 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by esol on 6/24/2015 & rated 85 points: Sweet and lacking any sense of complexity. $45-$60 NV bottles tasted beside this left this behind. Worst QPR in all of Champagne. (116 views)
 Tasted by Rafe on 1/1/2015 & rated 86 points: Meh. Nice mousse, very minerally in the mouth. Why the hype? Why the price? (2313 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 11/11/2014 & rated 89 points: At a retailer tasting. 2nd time I have had this wine within the last month. Same notes as before. 89 points. (2804 views)
 Tasted by mnor on 10/31/2014: Doft av äpple, citrus och lite brödtoner
Smak av röda syrliga äpplen, toner av grapefrukt och eftersmak av lime

Så nu har jag äntligen fått dricka detta både "hypade" och utskällda vin. Kan konstatera att det är en helt ok apertifchampagne, men inte mer. Väldigt kort eftersmak! Vinet hade tjänat på att få några mer år på nacken, men det skulle inte bli så mycket bättre att det försvarar priset. (2783 views)
 Tasted by mnoljo on 10/21/2014 & rated 90 points: My first experience with this wine. Nice solid champagne but noting special. it seemed bright and fresh with a reasonable finish. I was hoping for more. I had only cellared this bottle for two years. Perhaps it needs more time? (2908 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 10/20/2014 & rated 89 points: Opened by Mark. Lot L1742. 100% Chardonnay from Cramant, Avize, and Oger. This was the only tete du cuvee which was a multi vintage wine and is made by the Cattier family. 1st time I have had this wine. Pale straw color. Medium bead. Nothing wrong with this wine but nothing special either. I think all of us at the dinner expected more. Notes of stony fruit, brioche and lemon zest. The most linear of the 6 champagnes. The gangstas who drink this could do a lot better with the $300 that they spend on this bottle. 89-90 points. (2936 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 10/18/2014 & rated 90 points: Lady VM's Roast Duck with Tete du Cuvee Champagne (South Haven, MI): L17A2. Lemon, apple, citrus, mineral and stone aromas. Flavors of stone, vanilla, apple and cream. A bit short through on the finish. (1780 views)
 Tasted by Glenn92 on 9/10/2014 & rated 89 points: Light nose
Bright easy citrus (lemon) on the first taste
light acidic tones but very subtle (1600 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 7/26/2014: Medium acidity. Some butter on the nose, very fine bead. Sour apple on the palate. A pretty good Champers, but can get much better for half the price. (1876 views)
 Tasted by tp096255 on 6/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Always nice, but just not worth the price. This was a regifted bottle from a friend of Halle Berry. No complaints! (2440 views)
 Tasted by bin905 on 1/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Super smooth with an interesting array of flavors. (4994 views)
 Tasted by mye on 12/10/2013 & rated 92 points: If you put aside the $200+/btl cost.. it was pretty good. easy drinking.. maybe not the best with food as it lacked a bit of acidity, but sure was easy sipping. but once you account for the cost, you realize you can drink stuff that's just as good, only have 4-5 bottles of it :) (5240 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 11/2/2013 & rated 92 points: Light yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; appealing, almond, autolytic, light butter nose; tasty, rich, creamy, lightly buttery, autolytic, mineral palate; long finish (40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier, from '03, '05 & '06 vintages) 92+ points (1458 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 10/24/2013: GT Fish & Oyster - Magnum Night (Chicago, IL): Shy, clean nose. Dry mineral driven palate. Crushed rocks. Clipped finish. Too young? (5266 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 10/24/2013 & rated 90 points: Magnum (Mostly) White Dinner (GT Fish & Oyster - Chicago IL): Magnum. Apple aromas and flavors. Even keeled and balance, slightly borderline simple. Ever-so-slightly sweet. Moderate length. (5991 views)
 Tasted by NostraBacchus on 9/24/2013 & rated 95 points: Lighter golden color, medium bubbles. Pretty expressive nose of ripe pear, hazelnut, brioche and some minerals. On the palate there are notes of pear again, brioche, a touch of sweet spices and some citrus. Full-bodied and dense, with medium and creamy mousse, medium+ fresh acidity and a very long finish with a touch of bitterness and apricot kind of fruit. Even if it's Brut it leaves the impression that it has a touch more sugar than most other top-cuvées, but it all works here. This is a pretty dense and intense top-of-the-line champagne, maybe it will develop some more aromatic complexity with bottle-age. I know it's almost annoyingly popular with the celebrities but there is a really beautiful champagne in the very flashy bottle. Don't hate just for hating... A word on the price tag: Is it too expensive? Probably. Is it really good? Definitely. (4946 views)
 Tasted by KevinMiller on 8/26/2013: Champagne Pepsi challenge (4516 views)
 Tasted by K. Sequeira on 1/30/2013 & rated 88 points: Pinpoint balanced with crisp asian pear & apple, it lacked overall complexity for the price - I would age to see if this complexity develops. (9115 views)
 Tasted by JeffW on 12/2/2012 & rated 92 points: Asian pear. Long finish. Nice bubbles and effervescence. Nice gold color. (9667 views)
 Tasted by noppakit s. on 5/1/2012 & rated 99 points: Toast and yeast combination, mild, elegant nose. Special texture, smooth and very long linger finished. Great !!!
Reminds me of Dom Perignon 1996. (12394 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 12/3/2011 & rated 92 points: better showing than a year ago. the whole hype factor is a gross negativity, but there is a decent wine underneath it all. outrageously expensive for it's quality. (13497 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 11/29/2011 & rated 88 points: Initially, when I opened this wine and poured, I thought it was great. Good fruit, flavor profile trending towards full-bodied and slightly sweet. Would have scored it 94+ points for initial impressions. But after a short time in the glass, this changed and not for the better. The initially liveliness is somewhat clouded by a funk that hints at wet dog fur. The sweet liveliness originally present is somewhat diminished as a result, and this becomes a heavy and plodding for my tastes. Then, as quickly as it came, the "funk" fades. What's left is a thus improved, with again some impressions of sweet fruit. A bit high octane and brute force for my tastes buds. It gives an impression of carrying more alcohol than the 12.5% on the label. "Delicate" and "nuanced" are two words that cannot be used to describe this wine. A nice enough wine, but kind of slams me in a way that reminds me of the only bottle of Cristal I've ever head. This just seems like "too much" for my palate. I've got one remaining bottle and will know better next time, and open it when I'm in the right mood. I can see why this might be a good club champagne. Enough weight to cut through the mixed drinks consumed earlier. Probably obvious, but this is a REALLY poor QPR. (12095 views)
 Tasted by teemuskogberg on 9/20/2011 & rated 94 points: Voimakkaan voinen, rusinainen, tamminen tuoksu. Kukkaisa ja eloisa.

Maku briossinen, persikkainen ja kukkainen. Erittäin pitkä jälkimaku ja todella pehmeä mousse.

Pari vuotta olisi varmasti tehnyt ihmeitä viimille mutta oli jo nyt erittäin nautittava.

Pullon kanssa syötiin (Ville, Natalia ja Johku) kotimaista kaviaaria ja hummeria. Toimi! (10128 views)
 Tasted by Blackland on 8/22/2011 & rated 88 points: This is an interesting marketing ploy. Not bad, but certainly not worth the price. Dom is much better. (9196 views)
 Tasted by dre on 6/20/2011 & rated 87 points: This is rather dull on the nose with simple white fruits and a hops like skunkiness.
Dry disappointing palate of Asian pear, loads of orange blossom, red apple and a short yeasty - brioche finish. The bubbles are fine and create a good mouthfeel but the acidity is very sharp and could use some refinement.

A real poor effort at this price point. Great packaging though...
Very Good Quality. 87 pts.
Drink now. (9685 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, Dec-13, IWC Issue #10167 (12/1/2013)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/2/2013)
(NV Armand de Brignac Champagne Ace of Spades) Light yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; appealing, almond, autolytic, light butter nose; tasty, rich, creamy, lightly buttery, autolytic, mineral palate; long finish (40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier, from '03, '05 & '06 vintages) 92+ points  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/23/2010)
(NV Armand de Brignac Champagne Ace of Spades) Light yellow color; apple, apple sauce nose; heavy, apple, apple sauce, apricot nectar palate; medium-plus finish  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/18/2009)
(NV Armand de Brignac Champagne Ace of Spades) Bright, light yellow color; nice ripe lemon, peach nose; tasty, creamy textured, tart apple, peach, mineral palate with a sense of orange, very vinous, with grip; long finish 92+ pts. (40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier)  92 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Big Boy Does Vegas (2/8/2008)
(NV Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Champagne) I actually met up with Rudy early, who served me a glass of blind Champagne to begin before the others arrived. It had nice apply richness to its lush nose. Rudy also admired its lush and rich qualities, and it had a mildly pungent, citric character. There was a great stony edge to this long and minerally bubbly that reminded me of an older Dom, actually. ‘You’ll never guess it,’ Rudy insisted, but that’s not the point. It’s just to see if you like it,’ he smiled. There was a nice hint of lime to this NV Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Champagne. Apparently, Rudy’s got all that Southern California had to offer. What else is new? He told me it was made in a ‘solera style like Jacques Selosses.’ Big Boy was next to arrive and caught a glass and also admired it, citing its ‘great cracked egg nose.’ Jigga what?  94 points
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Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.


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