Armand de Brignac Champagne
Armand de Brignac is also known as Ace of Spades, derived from the logo on the elaborate bottle. Champagne Cattier markets it's champagne under the Armand de Brignac name. Champagne Cattier only produces non-vintage prestige cuvee champagne under the Armand de Brignac brand.
Armand de Brignac Champagne Collection
Dry and Sweet
Armand de Brignac only offers a dry style champagne. Our Sweet Champagne web page provides a list of sweet champagne brands.
Armand de Brignac Dry Styles
Brut - Non-Vintage - Prestige Cuvee
Champagne Cattier produces three types of prestige cuvee under the Armand de Brignac brand. They are also referred to as Ace of Spades. All are non-vintage brut champagne. The following links provide access to ratings, price, tasting notes, and details.
Blanc de Blancs
The producer of Armand de Brignac, also known as “Ace of Spades”, “Ace”, and “Gold Bottle”, is the Cattier family in the village of Chigny les Roses in the Montagne de Reims region of Champagne. The forefathers of the Cattier family have cultivated and owned vineyards in the area since 1763. The Cattier house began its own production of champagne in 1918. The Cattier family registered the ‘de Brignac’ name in the late 1940s or early 1950s according to Jean-Jacques Cattier. Jean-Jacques’ mother took the name from a romantic novel she read, but the name remained dormant until 2006 when the champagne was introduced by Cattier in partnership with Sovereign Brands. The bottle design comes from a past collaboration with the André Courrèges Fashion House in Paris. The distinctive “Ace of Spades” symbol on the bottle comes from an insignia of the French Monarchy. The labels for the bottles are handcrafted from pewter. The bottles themselves are rumored to cost more than $15 each. The Armand de Brignac brand is stored during maturation in the deepest part of the Cattier cellars, in a gated area at the bottom of 119 steps down. The cellar is said to be one of the deepest in Champagne. The design of the Cattier property incorporates Roman, Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Part of the success of the Armand de Brignac brand is attributed to its popularity with pop and hip-hop culture. Rapper Jay Z (Shawn Corey Carter) incorporated the bottle into his music video “Show Me What You Got” prior to introduction of the brand in 2006 and it has had a loyal following ever since. In September, 2012 Jay Z and his wife, Beyoncé, hosted a fund raiser for President Barack Obama at his 40/40 Club in Manhattan. The event included a tower of Ace of Spades bottles worth an estimated $280,000. In November of 2014, Jay Z purchased Armand de Brignac from Sovereign Brands for an undisclosed amount of money.
More On Armand de Brignac
Our About Armand de Brignac report includes general information about the champagne house and their key people.
Contact and Visitor Information
Contact and possible tour information can be found in our Contact Armand de Brignac report.
The official website is http://armanddebrignac.com/.