Drink review: Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Gold Brut

Talk about upping the ante. When it comes to bubbly, Armand de Brignac's Ace of Spades Gold Brut is a winning bet...

According to an old Russian proverb, he who doesn't risk never gets to drink Champagne. That said, Armand de Brignac's Ace of Spades Gold Brut seems like a pretty safe gamble—but only if you're feeling like a high roller. Now available at the LCBO, this premium Champagne even tastes expensive: it's dry, with elegant notes of buttery brioche, crisp apple and luscious apricot, and just a hint of vanilla.

Keep the bottle—it's basically a collector's item. Set in pewter, each one is hand-finished and hand-polished—because sometimes, things just need to be done the old fashioned way. Just ask the Cattier family, the eleventh generation winemakers at the helm of the 14-person production team. And if all of that wasn't luxe enough, Armand de Brignac has a distinctly royal seal of approval: it's owned by Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Queen Bey's husband, Jay-Z. Talk about living large...

$299.95; Select LCBO stores