Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Two

Champagne Armand de Brignac has announced the global launch of the second assemblage of its ultra-premium cuvée expression, Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Two (A2), which arrives in select cities of the world this week.

Just 2,333 bottles of Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs A2 were created and disgorged on June 20 2016, an even smaller production than the inaugural blend. Every single bottle of Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs A2 has been labelled with its unique number, in addition to its disgorgement date.

Blanc de Noirs A2 rested in the cellars in France for a little more than five years. It is an assemblage of 100% Pinot Noir from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages. The expression was created from only the very first and freshest portion of the cuvée press– a signature of all Armand de Brignac champagnes, the company says.

“Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs is our rarest jewel,” says Chef de Cave, Jean-Jacques Cattier, in a press release. “We reserve a small selection of our very best Pinot Noir parcels to create this champagne. The second assemblage reveals more notes of peppermint, stone fruit and an intense minerality. As you taste this champagne you have the feeling that its development is just at the beginning and it will flourish and intensify with even further cellaring, potentially 15 years or more.”

Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Two was crafted with hand-picked fruit from the Pinot Noir growing villages of Bouzy, Verzenay, Chigny-les-Roses, Ludes and Rilly-la-Montagne. The 11th generation champagne growers, the Cattier family, selected the trio of vintages based on the “refined acidity” of the 2008 vintage, the company says, the “powerful layers of fruit and texture” offered from the 2009 year, and the “lively green notes” from the 2010 harvest.

When blended, the trio produced aromas of grape, honeysuckle and peppermint, the company says, with notes of peach and apricot. On the palate, red fruits, mint and a hint of cinnamon combine. It can stand on its own, but pairs well with roasted black cod with truffle, freshly shucked oysters and lightly grilled lamb, the company says.

The highly limited number of bottles of Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Two will be available at fine wine stores in select cities globally, including Sherry Lehmann and Wine.com in America.

The suggested retail price is $1,000 per 750-ml. bottle.

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