Armand de Brignac Rated the World's #1 Champagne
1000 Champagnes were blind-tasted by the world's most respected wine critics and sommeliers.
The results were published in Fine Champagne magazine, the only international publication
devoted to Champagne and a renowned authority on the industry. Armand de Brignac Brut Gold
was ranked #1.
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 24, 2009 -- This year, the world's most respected wine critics and
sommeliers put brand images and prices aside to conduct a rigorous blind-tasting of more than 1,000 brands. The
results were published in Fine Champagne magazine, the only international publication devoted to Champagne
and a renowned authority on the industry.
Each Champagne was rated on a 100-point scale. The process was so strict that, if judges' assessments were more
than four points apart, the Champagne would be re-tasted and re-assessed. When the results were weighed, the top
ten included many classic names. The surprise first-place finisher was Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, with a taste
score ranking No. 1 among the world's best Champagnes.
The Top Ten:
1. 96p Armand de Brignac Brut Gold
2. 95p 2000 Dom Pérignon
3. 94p 1998 Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou
4. 94p 2002 Roederer Cristal
5. 94p 2000 Egerier de Pannier
6. 94p 1998 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
7. 93p 1998 Dom Pérignon Rosé
8. 93p 1999 Jacquart Blanc de Blancs
9. 93p 2002 Roederer Cristal Rosé
10. 93p NV Chartogne-Taillet Fiacre
Of the competition's results, Fine Champagne Editor-in-Chief Pekka Nuikki said, "Our highest rating went to
Armand de Brignac: a fine, smooth and creamy champagne with underlying power and great mineral freshness.
The panel praised the wine for its classic style and perfect drinkability today that does not compromise its aging
capacity. It has everything a truly great champagne can offer, and the packaging - the distinctive, showy golden
"ace of spades" bottle - serves as a brilliant example of Armand de Brignac's cour