Dartigalongue XO Armagnac

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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

Maker:0x4c,Date:2018-1-12,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

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

Chateau de Ravignan 29-Year 1988

Maker:0x4c,Date:2018-1-12,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

Paid: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Chateau de Ravignan

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

41.5% ABV

Grapes: Undisclosed

Aged For: 29 years (Distilled 1988)

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Deep brown

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich custard, old oak, caramelized grapes, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium body, midway between wet and dry

Palate/Taste: Blackberry jam, oak, pipe tobacco, caramel, vanilla, leather, molasses

Finish: Medium warmth and lasting, leather, heavy oak, toffee, chocolate, and blueberry with a hint of cherry

Thoughts: The oak has had a lot of influence on this one, a nice deep dark flavor profile

Score: 87 out of 100

 

Baron de Lustrac 1973

Baron de Lustrac 1973

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Courros

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

42% ABV

Grapes: 100% Folle Blanche

Aged For: Unsure exactly

Cask Type: French Oak

 


 

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Old oak, caramel, port wine, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar peach pits

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry

Palate/Taste: Oak and spices with sour grapes, and a coffee like note, blackberries

Finish: Little warmth with a bit of pepper, oak, maraschino cherries, mint, and chocolate

Thoughts: The nose was very promising, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the palate, and the finish while good flavored was to light and short.

Score: 78 out of 100

Château du Tariquet 15-Year

Château du Tariquet 15-Year

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Chateau du Tariquet

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

49.7% ABV

Grapes: 100% Folle Blanche

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Grapes, caramel, pipe tobacco, vanilla, ginger, oak, floral

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Thick fruit and vanilla, with a hint of baking spice and apples

Finish: Short, light warmth, sour grapes, and white wine with milk chocolate and oak.

Thoughts: Not a bad expression by any means, and priced well as an introduction to Armagnacs, but not quiet up to par with the vintage expressions.

Score: 79 out of 100

Francis Darroze Domaine de Jouanchicot 1982 Vintage 33-Year

Darroze 1982

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Jouanchicot

Region: Bas Armagnac

42.5% ABV

Grapes: 100% Ugni Blanc

Aged For: 33 Years (1982-2015)

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Burnt Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, raisins, oak, berries, bourbon, rich dark and heavy

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla and chocolate, with baking spices, cloves, pipe tobacco, Sweetened black tea

Finish: Heavy oak tannins, plums and port wine, vanilla and cream, long length and medium warmth.

Thoughts: I am in love with the dark heaviness of this drink, right up there with some of the best bourbons and scotches I have enjoyed.

Score: 90 out of 100

 

Francis Darroze Domaine de la Poste 1980 Vintage 36-Year

Darroze 1980

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de la Poste / Darroze

Region: Bas, Armagnac

48.3% ABV

Grapes: 100 % ugni blanc

Aged For: 36 Years (1980-2016)

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Buttery pastry, vanilla, confectionary sugar, coconut, tropical fruits

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily

Palate/Taste: Buttery vanilla, honey, oak, cinnamon, floral, apples

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, orchard fruits and gentle oak with a floral essence

Thoughts: This one was light, buttery, fruity, and floral. A good drink for a warm summer evening.

Score: 83 out of 100