Berneroy XO Calvados

Berneroy XO Calvados

Price: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Berneroy

Region: Normandy, France

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, XO, Minimum 6 Years

Cask Type: “Seasoned” Barrels

Distillate: 180+ types of apples

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Tarnished gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon, apple, nougat, floral, and sugary fruits

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Apples, vanilla, gentle plum, fig, floral, cider

Finish: Light warmth, short in length, apple, cinnamon, with pear, orchard fruit, and gentle oak

Thoughts: The flavors are solid, but the palate and finish are too gentle and weak for my personal preference.

Score: 74 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

Michel Huard Reserve Hors d’ Age Le Pertyer Calvados

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Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Huard

Region: Normandy, France

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, Hors d’ Age

Cask Type: Oak Casks

Distillate: About 30 types of apple

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed

 


Color: Off gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Apple cinnamon tart, orchard fruit, baking spices, more apples

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, caramel, baking spice, and what I can best describe as autumn flavors

Finish: Medium warmth and length, apple, tart, dry, crisp sweetness

Thoughts: It’s the fall season in a bottle!

Score: 80 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

Vicomte 9 Year Cask Strength

Vicomte CS

Price: $60

Distilled/Owned by: Vicomte

Region: France

67.8% ABV

Aged For: 9 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Limousin French Oak, finished in Cognac casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Light amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Heather, honey, shar grains, wet hay, sour wine, cognac, graphite, wood shavings

Feel:Full bodied

Taste: Smarties candy, champagne, pineapple, and table sugar

Finish: Medium heat and length, sweet and savory, Artificial grape flavor

Thoughts: Much too sweet for me, and I’m a big sherry and port finish fan. I’m not the biggest Cognac fan either, so I’m sure that didn’t help.

Score: 60 out of 100

Chabanneau XO

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Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: ?

Region: Cognac, France

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, XO

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: Likely

Color Added: Likely


Color: Not quiet mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light grapes, figs, dried fruits, sour notes, and light orchard fruits

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Crisp grape, citrus tang, raisins, pears, a bit of apricot

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, grapes and dried fruits, with citrus and apples

Thoughts: A step up from many of the VS and VSOPs I’ve had, and supposedly one of the highest selling XOs in Europe, but the more I dive into Cognac, I find it’s not my brandy of choice.

Score: 77 out of 100