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

 

Chateau de Pellehaut 1989 28-Year

Pellehaut 1989

Paid: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Chateau de Pellehaut

Region: Tenareze Armagnac, France

49.9% ABV

Grapes: 100% Ungi-Blanc

Aged For: 28 years (Distilled 1989)

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Toasted oak, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, leather, and mulled wine

Mouthfeel: Medium body, well rounded

Palate/Taste: Dried fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, pipe tobacco, sherry wine, oak

Finish: Long and warm, reminiscent of well-aged bourbon, oak, vanilla, cloves, coffee, raisins, very deep and dark.

Thoughts: It was so good I purchased two more bottles to have in reserve, an excellent vintage bottling. I’m used to seeing the insane prices currently commanded by the whiskey markets, and this is a breath of fresh air for as long as it lasts.

Score: 90 out of 100