Right on time for the third annual New York Champagne Week and a day following the official launch of the newest prestige cuvée, Armand de Brignac hosted an intimate tasting for the brand’s new varietals. The French champagne luxury brand handpicked influential tastemakers for an exclusive preview and tasting at the PHD Terrace at The Dream Midtown.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted with Armand de Brignac Rosé. As guests sipped their rosé, they were treated to hors dourves. After about a half an hour, Bernadette Knight, Chief Marketing Officer for Armand de Brignac, thanked everyone for joining the brand. She said, “I am really happy you can join us and I am wishing you the happiest, happiest holidays.”
As for the new varietals, champagne connoisseurs can now officially purchase the new Blanc de Noir and the Demi Sec. The Blanc de Noirs has rested in the cellars in France since it was bottled in 2009, before it was finally disgorged in early 2015. Less than 3,000 bottles will be released. The Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs was crafted with fruit from some of the best Pinot Noir producing villages of Champagne, including Verzy, Verzenay and Chigny-les-Roses.The Blanc de Noirs features peach, apricot and red berry aromas, which are followed by crystalized citrus, orange blossom and hints of brioche. There are also hints of mint and a very light toastiness
“Our objective with this new cuvee was to create a highly memorable and unique champagne,” said Winemaker Jean Jacques Cattier. “The Blanc de Noirs will elevate your tasting and culinary experience, with layers of complexity, power and, most importantly, finesse.”
The Blanc de Noirs is presented in a luxe iconic metallized Armand de Brignac bottle, with this cuvée’s unique bottle color identifying as an almost-black shade – inspired by the black grape from which the champagne was created. Each finished bottle is hand-polished, fitted with four French pewter labels, and then placed in a premium wooden lacquered presentation box. Less than 3,000 bottles have been released globally.
As for the Armand de Brignac Demi Sec, following almost six years of aging in the deep chalk cellars of Champagne, the new was created to introduce a sweeter elaboration that pairs with a the most exotic of foods. One can taste notes of English candy, grapefruit, compote fruits, caramel, quince and brioche. In addition, the Demi Sec palate features an abundance of crystalized citrus fruits, honey and hints of blackberries. The fine bubbles from the six years of ageing, allow the light sweetness to elaborate.
The Blanc de Noirs will be sold in select markets globally at a suggested retail price of $800, while the Demi Sec suggested retail price is $360.