They don’t call it “Brut Gold” for nothing. The bottle of Armand de Brignac is, for real, plated with gold. The bottle is then placed in a velvet bag and a black lacquered wooden box, just for good measure. All the labels are stamped out of pewter. There’s no paper on the bottle at all.
But frankly, Armand de Brignac would mostly be worth its $300 asking price based on the quality of the wine inside alone.
Here we have a classic, though nonvintage, champagne, everything one looks for in a fine sparkling wine. Golden fruit is at the top of the palate, not too sweet, not too bubbly, and a very mild, tart finish. A solid apple and white grape character is imbued with a rich and creamy texture, moderate finish, and a very light hint of brewed tea in the glass.
Really, really quite lovely. Pick a bottle up for a (very) special occasion.