Domaine Jean-Bon was started by a family with three brothers, all of whom were named Jean crazily enough. It turns out, however, that one of the Jeans was liked more than the other two, so they named the estate after him: Jean-Bon, or the "good" Jean. Jean-Bon produces about four to six barrels of Armagnac per year, all distilled from Baco (although they’ve started now with a bit of Ugni Blanc). The spirits are absolutely incredible values, almost like Baraillaon in their richness, but with more sweetness from the new oak. The 21 year old 1999 vintage for the price is almost laughable. Big spice and loads of caramel action for those looking for value.
The prices we're paying for Armagnac continue to amuse me! Where else can you get a spirit aged 16 years in cask for a penny less than fifty bucks? The Jean Bon brandies are big and rich in style. The 1999 is a great starting point for anyone new to the genre. It's spicy and full of punch, but still smooth on the finish. Start here and work your way up.
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
K&L Staff Member
Let's just start with this is a killer deal! The 1999 is showing beautiful complexity, with an earthy component of green wood and a mix of dried dates, figs and vanilla bean. The mouthfeel displays a super satisfying fullness and richness without being overbearing. Grab a bottle while you can!
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