Armand de Brignac "Ace of Spades" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-19-2008
Tasted at K&L Wine Champagne Tasting. The kindest thing that I can say about this product is that is an unusual tasting champagne. It seems to have been designed to appeal to people who rarely drink champagne. There is virtually none of the yeast or minerals that you get with other champagnes. It is as if those elements have been masked so non-champagne drinkers won't be turned off. That being said, it's an "easy drinker." Since the flavors are not intense at all, it goes down like a Diet Sprite. This is definitely a wine to be swilled out of a slipper at a night club, rather than savored. There is more foaminess on the tongue than most champagnes. The initial taste is like a strawberry pie covered with whipped cream. However, after the first taste, it drops off a cliff. No mid palate or finish. Nothing, it's like a palate cleanser. When compared to the other great products at the terrific K&L event, this champagne was a different species. Actually, a better choice for "slippper swilling" is the Sofia Coppola Blanc de Blanc in the pink can. A little more flavor, same froth, a hipper package and a lot cheaper. Maybe the Coppolas should also make the can in black or silver for guys who don't feel cool drinking out of a pink can.