Armand de Brignac "Ace of Spades" Brut Champagne (Previously $300)
Blend of three vintages. 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier. RS 10.9 g/l. Much more impressive than the rosé in terms of autolytic character, and there’s more fruit definition too. Good, lengthy finish. Honeyed but dry. (17.5/20 points)
Wine & Spirits
A broad, rich Champagne with mild flavors of oats and baked apple, this wine's red fruit adds depth, as does the graham cracker sweetness of oak. Pale and warm, this is suited to roast veal.
Leads off with graphite, honey and citrus aromas and flavors, matched to a soft structure that firms up on the finish with a chalklike sensation. (Web Only—2008)
This is the highly sought-after ultra-luxury cuvée made by Cattier. It is packaged in a gold bottle with a pewter playing card, a spade and an A, instead of a label, giving rise to the nickname "Ace of Spades." It is a favorite of many musicians as evidenced by its appearance in celebrity circles and music videos. Take your cue from Jay-Z, and pop open a bottle of this bubbly, made exclusively from Premier and Grand Cru-rated villages in three different terroirs: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, and Côte des Blancs. It is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40%, Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)