Rated the World's No. 1 Champagne

NEW YORK, Nov. 11 /CNW/ -

    -  1,000 Champagnes Blind-Tasted

    -  Surprise First Place Finisher - Armand de Brignac Ranked No.1

Today, the results from an international champagne blind tasting were announced, to reveal a surprising winner amongst the usual champagne classics.

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Earlier 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 are published in Fine Champagne magazine today - 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. However, 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 Perignon
        3. 94p 1998 Mumm Cuvee R. Lalou
        4. 94p 2002 Roederer Cristal
        5. 94p 2000 Egerier de Pannier
        6. 94p 1998 Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill
        7. 93p 1998 Dom Perignon Rose
        8. 93p 1999 Jacquart Blanc de Blancs
        9. 93p 2002 Roederer Cristal Rose
        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 courageous, successful branding."

This extraordinary recognition crowns a series of accolades accumulated from expert critics, journalists, and wine lovers all over the world.

"To be selected as the best-tasting Champagne in the world is a remarkable achievement, but to receive such an award in a large blind-tasting competition is testimony to the quality of our product," said Jean-Jacques Cattier, head winemaker of Champagne Armand de Brignac and the estate's patriarch. "It is a further incentive to continue making the best Champagne in the world for those who are truly passionate about the art of Champagne."

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For further information: For further information: about Armand de Brignac Champagne, please contact: Scott D. Cohen, Director of Marketing, Armand de Brignac Champagne, (212) 343-8366, scottcohen@armanddebrignac.com

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