Armand de Brignac champagne is renowned all over the world: here’s how to make it the protagonist of a refined aperitif by creating elegant and surprising combinations.
To make the aperitif moment unique and special, it is essential to organize it down to the smallest detail, dedicating care and attention to food and wine pairings . If the absolute protagonist is one of the most renowned champagnes in the world , like Armand de Brignac , creating perfect combinations is even more essential to ensure that the organoleptic characteristics of food and wine enhance and complement each other.
Produced by the Maison Cattier in the heart of the Champagne region and characterized by remarkable aromatic richness, it is a lively and harmonious mix of the potential of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier.
What are the most refined combinations to create a perfect Armand de Brignac champagne -based aperitif? This fine wine goes well with shellfish and aged cheeses, but not only.
Proposals for a lively and refined aperitif
A glass of Armand de Brignac champagne deserves to be accompanied and enhanced by equally refined dishes. Thinking of combinations based on fish and shellfish , for example, caviar and salmon canapes are a timeless classic: they are simple to prepare but highly effective thanks to the contrast of colors.
More challenging to make but perfect for setting up a champagne-based aperitif is the Russian salad with prawns. A variant of the original recipe able to modernize and make this dish even more special. The steamed prawn tails placed on top of the salad give a touch of elegance to the dish.
Speaking of long-aged cheeses , their strong and intense flavor is ideal for enhancing champagne. Elegance is often synonymous with essentiality and simplicity, therefore organizing a platter of expertly cut aged cheeses is always a winning idea.
Curiosity: the history of Armand de Brignac champagne
Unique and globally known brand, Armand de Brignac was born in 1950 from an idea of Nelly Cattier , who with this name wanted to pay homage to a hero protagonist of one of her favorite novels. Specialized in the production of fine wines for thirteen generations, the Maison Cattier was founded in 1763 in Chigny-les-Roses , between Reims and Epernay north of the Reims mountain.
At the dawn of the 21st century Jean-Jacques Cattier and his son, Alexandre Cattier , decide to complete the range of Cattier champagnes by producing a singular and prestigious cuvée: in 2006, Ace of Spades Brut Gold , the first edition of Armand de Brignac , was presented born in the Champagne vineyards and celebrated as the “best champagne in the world” by Fine Champagne magazine.
In the same year, the Armand de Brignac brand was the protagonist of a sudden rise on an international level, appearing in the video clip of the American musician Shawn Carter (known as Jay-Z). An episode that contributed to making this wine a true emblem of the entertainment world . The bottle design was created by the French designer André Courrèges .
Tips for serving champagne
A prestigious champagne like Armand De Brignac must be strictly served flawlessly, using tulip-shaped glasses and taking care to uncork the bottle at the moment. The ideal temperature is around eight or ten degrees. Finally, to avoid generating excessive foam, it is important to pour the wine in two stages within a few seconds of each other.
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