Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Domaine d'Aurensan and Chateau Leberon Armagnacs
Today I continue my week of French spirits with some new Armagnacs brought to us by Nicolas Palazzi. These are from two small estates in the Tenareze Region that are owned by the same family.
Domaine d'Aurensan 20 year old, 42.5% abv ($210)
This one is a blend of four casks from 1973, 1978, 1981 and 1990. The nose on this is fantastic. It's very bourbony with caramel notes and oak. Whereas the nose says bourbon, the palate says rum, opening with big, sweet molasses notes. Those yield to earthy notes more typical of Armagnac that trail into the finish, which also adds some anise.
In addition, Palazzi is offering a 1975 Aurensan for $425 (funny, he didn't send a sample of that one).
Chateau Leberon 1986, Single Cask, 44.7% abv ($260)
The nose on this has earthy Armagnac notes along with some sulfur, like you'd fine in a sherry cask. On the palate, this is a much more traditional Armagnac than the Aurensan with dry, earthy notes. The late palate brings out some of that sulfur, briefly but sharply, and the finish returns to earthy Armagnac.
Palazzi is also bringing in a 1964 Leberon at $750.
I really liked both of these, though I'd say I slightly preferred the Domaine d'Aurensan which was a bit bolder in character. That being said, they are quite expensive, and there are Armagnacs of comparable quality that are quite a bit cheaper.
Thanks to Nicolas Palazzi for the Samples.