Domaine d’Esperance 14 Year 1998

Domaine d’Esperance 98

Paid: $95 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine d’Esperance

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

49% ABV

Aged For: 14 years

Grapes: Baco 22 A

Cask Type: French Gascon Oak, medium toast

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak, sweet grapes, cinnamon, butterscotch, baking spices

Mouthfeel: Supple

Palate/Taste: A nice dry sweetness, raisins, toasted oak, coffee, and rye spice

Finish: Medium warmth and length, dry port wine, cloves oak, fig, and chocolate

Thoughts: This is one of the younger Armagnacs I have tried that would appeal to a bourbon drinker, while still being very distinctly a brandy.

Score: 83 out of 100

Darroze Domaine de Monturon 2003

Darroze Domaine de Monturon 2003

Price: $95 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Monturon

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

50% ABV

Aged For: 12-Years

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light grape, apple, pear, orchard fruits, oak, and cinnamon

Mouthfeel: Oily

Palate/Taste: Rich dried fruits, light sherry, raisin, candied orange, and vanilla oak

Finish: Warm and lasting, dry baking spice, light oak, cinnamon, sherry, dried fruit, and grapes

Thoughts: If I had tried this blind I would have almost thought it was a malt whisky or even possibly a calvados, it doesn’t have a flavor similar to other Armagnacs I have tried.

Score: 79 out of 100

Chateau de Pomes Peberere 1966 50-Year

Chateau de Pomes Peberere 1966 50-Year

Price: $120 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Chateau de Pomes Peberere

Region: Tenareze Armagnac, France

42% ABV

Grapes: Ugni-Blanc and Colombard

Aged For: 50 Years

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Old oak

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Deep fruit, old oak, rancio, prunes, port wine, and dark chocolate, very potent

Mouthfeel: Medium body, supple

Palate/Taste: Heavy oak, bitter chocolate, raisins, blackberry marmalade, leather, and pipe tobacco

Finish: Medium warmth, lasting. Deep grape and blueberry, coffee, and oak tannins

Thoughts: Lovely, very deep and dark.

Score: 90 out of 100

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

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