By: Andrew Whiteley
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.