Review: Domaine Aurensan 20 Ans

Paid: $150 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine D’Aurensan

Region: Tenareze, France

42.5% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 20 Years, Distilled 1973, 1978, 1981, and 1990, bottled 2015

Cask Type: Local French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Additives: None used


Color: Treacle

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Deep creamy port wine, clumps of brown sugar, oak, rancio, prune, fruitcake, candied oranges, and fruity coffee

Feel: Medium body, slightly waxy

Taste: Cinnamon, oak, sandalwood, raisins, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, fig paste, dried dates, and a touch of earthy forest floor before more fruit returns.

Finish: Medium warmth and lasting. Pralines, grapeseed oil, rancio, marzipan, honey, walnuts, well-aged sherry, and dry wood spice

Thoughts: This is one of those drinks where I really love the flavors, but not the retail price, so I’m always conflicted. It’s the best blended non-vintage Armagnac I have tried, and its beautifully blended and easy to drink while remaining complex and interesting. This was Bottle #0777

Score: 88 out of 100

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