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1964 Chateau de la Grangerie Leon Beyries "La Hauresse" 54 Year Old K&L Exclusive Armagnac (750ml) SKU #1220801

Price: $149.99

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Tasting Notes

Chateau de la Grangerie is a property that was built in the 17th century right next to an old monastery. The church and the housing for its servants was actually built in the 11th and 12th centuries and since the Armagnac is aged inside that facility, it might be the only spirit at K&L matured on hallowed grounds. Like many Tenereze producers, Grangerie distills only Ugni Blanc for its brandies. However, the sandy and gravel-rich soils are much more like the terrain found in the Bas-Armagnac. They fill about ten barrels a year, two of which are used for Floc de Gascogne and one goes to Pruneau which is a prune-flavored brandy made by macerating the Armagnac with the dried fruit also grown on the property. Considering that 50 year single malts are selling for five-figure prices, the fact that we're able to offer a directly-purchased Armagnac at 50+ years of age for $150 is almost laughable. This is a rich, dark, intensely-concentrated brandy with layers of spice, charred oak, cocoa, and intensity. Beautifully-adorned with an old-school label, we don't expect this to be in stock for very long.

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Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    3/11/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    There is just no way that deals like this can last. The fact that this excellent brand was distilled more than 5 decades ago and we're able to offer it to you for less than $150 just blows my mind. It's a complete distortion of the space time continuum and we should all take full advantage. There is no product as old and delicious in the store at any price let alone one as reasonable as this. The nose is like sitting down in a gorgeous old leather chair with a bowl of dried plums. As you dive deeper splendid spice and subtle stone fruit come forth. The palate is round and easy with tons of dark cocoa, quince jam, sweet old wood and Christmas spices. Armagnac remains the undisputed king of awesome values and it's hard to imagine finding a more delicious old spirit at this price. We're extremely lucky to have found more of these old stocks and prey to unearth another treasure trove one day, but this is likely the last we'll find from this now defunct estate.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    3/5/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This bottle proves what other K&L staff members have already said, and that is, that Armagnac has some of the best deals for those looking for aged spirits. At an almost unbelievable price this bottle has a lot of offer. The nose is very seductive and inviting, with complex layered floral and caramel notes. In the mouth it is concentrated and creamy, with Grangerie elegance still present. This is a spirit to sit down with and think about.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    3/3/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Mindbogglingly complex and comically cheap. Grangerie has long been one of my favorite Armagnac producers due to the incredible balance of wood and fruit forwardness of their spirits. After a shocking 54 years in oak this brandy has so much to offer. The defining fruitiness is very much alive and present and has mingled so elegantly with the French oak. Fresh stone fruit and berry compote get cooked down into a heavy reduction redolent of maple syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of coffee. Pipe tobacco and aromatic cedar and sandalwood swirl about the glass. And that's all just on the nose. When you finally get around to sampling the spirit the paradigm shifts. It's where the extraordinary age becomes truly apparent. The tannin profile is astounding. Plainly it has a huge wood influence after all that time and there is no mistaking it for anything else, but the grip from the wood is just strong enough to hold your attention, but not yank you around. It's like the sure hand of a master craftsman working a block of wood or a chunk of stone - firm, yet controlled, strong, but elegant. All the while, the underlying brandy fruit persists. This flavor profile and nearly five and a half decades of aging, all for $150 is insane. Given the current state of pricing in aged spirits, it's possible we have never had a deal this good.
  • Aaron Hughes
    By: Aaron Hughes
    3/3/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    First, what an absolute treat. A 54 year old Armagnac for just $150 is an insane deal, further highlighting how underappreciated Armagnac is compared to the better known Cognac, to the detriment of the consumer. The complexity on the nose is just crazy. There's an intense yet delicate florality that blends into caramels and hints of mocha with generous amounts of ripe fruit. This is the kind of spirit you could just swirl and sniff all evening and find something new time and time again. The palate is mind-blowingly smooth with the mocha notes shining out even more brightly and twining and interplaying with the caramel and the still very fresh fruit on the palate. As the palate turns toward the finish, it's long and savory with nice amounts of barrel spice accompanying the white pepper and tobacco. This is a truly special Armagnac and you'd be doing yourself a disservice passing this up.

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