Francis Darroze Domaine de Lamarquette 1985

Domaine de lamaequette 1985

Price: $120 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Lamarquette

Region: Bas-Armagnac, France

48.7% ABV

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Plum, cherry, old oak, saw dust, caramel, coffee, and a pinch of salt

Mouthfeel: Medium body. drying

Palate/Taste: Sherried scotch, raisins, citrus, pepper, oak, and cherry

Finish: Warm, medium length, slightly drying, tannins, leather, ginger, oak.

Thoughts: This one reminded me a lot of an old sherried scotch, a nice combination of fruit and tannins.

Score: 82 out of 100

L’Encantada XO

L'Encantada XO 1L'Encantada XO 2

Paid: $99 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of Louis Pibous cask #61 1989 & Cask #87 1987, 1994 Domaine Del Cassou Cask #55, and 1997 Domaine Bellair Cask #181 / L’Encantada

Region: France

46.8% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 20 Years

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Burnt umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Plums, port wine, raisins, dried fruit, clove, pipe tobacco, oak

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Oak, cinnamon, dark chocolate, pepper, coffee, citrus, and roses

Finish: Medium warmth and length, sherry, oak, caramel, ginger, prunes, toasted almonds, and dark fruit.

Thoughts: A delicious brandy for a good price, I love the flavors and depth.

Score: 87 out of 100


Dartigalongue 30-Year 1987 Celebration Collection

Dartigalongue 30-Year 1987 Celebration Collection

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Dartigalongue

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

43% ABV

Aged For: 30 Years, Distilled 1987

Color: Reddish tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak and waxed leather, burnt citrus, green coffee, brightens and gains a balsamic note over time

Mouthfeel: Supple

Palate/Taste: Deep, old oak and pepper, slightly tart, old tawny port, rancio, and dark chocolate

Finish: Medium warmth and lasting, dried fruits, ginger, orange peel, chocolate, fireplace wood, and nuts

Thoughts: Complex and deep with a good mouthfeel, but not something mind blowing.

Score: 85 out of 100

Chateau de Pellehaut 1973 Vintage 44 Year Armagnac

Pellehaut 73

Price: $160 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Chateau de Pellehaut

Region: Tenareze Armagnac, France

43.8% ABV

Grapes: Folle Blanche

Aged For: 44 Years, Distilled 1973

Cask Type: Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Thick caramel, vanilla, bourbon, earth, cream, and tannins

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly dry

Palate/Taste: Tannins, slight bitter grape, tobacco, cinnamon, clove and old bourbon

Finish: Light to medium warmth and medium length, oak, rancio, plum, blackberry, caramel, and tannins

Thoughts: Good brandy, but I think this one had a bit too much oak, as it tastes very whisky like.

Score: 82 out of 100


L’Encantada Domaine Les Bidets 38-Year 1979 Astor Single Cask


Paid: $215 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Les Bidets / L’encantadta

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

48.3% ABV

Aged For: 38 Years, Distilled 1979

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Treacle

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Syrupy espresso, musty old oak, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, touches of leather and dried leaves

Mouthfeel: Full and supple

Palate/Taste: Dark port wine, plums, dates, oak tannins, fruity coffee, cacao nibs, concentrated maple syrup, and cinnamon oil

Finish: Medium warmth, with a long dry finish consisting of raisins, chocolate cake, rancio, dusty paper, pipe tobacco, and blackberry

Thoughts: Amazingly dark and deep, intense and packed with flavors, savor this one.

Score: 95 out of 100

Dartigalongue XO Armagnac


Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dartigalongue

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

40% ABV

Grapes: Undisclosed

Aged For: XO statement

Cask Type: French oak

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Brown sugar, port wine, oak, tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, and figs

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: PX sherry, blackberry, blueberry, caramel, oak, raisins

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, coffee, oak, and port wine notes

Thoughts: An extremely fruity brandy, that still has the sugary caramel sweetness with a nice bit of chocolate to round it out. Excellent for the price.

Score: 85 out of 100

Domaine d’Ognoas XO Astor Select


Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine d’Ognoas

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

40% ABV

Grapes: A blend of Ugni blanc, Baco 22A, Folle blanche, and Le colombard

Aged For: XO age stated

Cask Type: French oak

Store Select: Astor Wines & Spirits

Color: Dark amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Candied grapes, sugar, raisins, dates, figs, PX sherry, caramel, and leather

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, sherry, raisins, pastry crust, vanilla, walnuts

Finish: Light warmth and long finish, vanilla, maple, and butter flavors

Thoughts: Very fruity and sweet, with more of a mouthfeel and lasting finish than the 80 proof would suggest, highly recommended, especially for the price.

Score: 85 out of 100