1987 Domaine de Jean-Bon 28 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" Bas Armagnac (750ml) SKU #1225385


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Tasting Notes

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 Baraillon in their richness, but with more sweetness from the new oak. The 1987 is the slam-dunk winner of the Jean-Bon portfolio, an expression that showcases exactly what these Armagnacs bring to the table. It's a mouth-coating whirlwind of caramel, oak, spice and fruit, all meandering in and out of focus, harmonizing in complete synchronicity on the finish.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    The exceptional Jean Bon estate is not exactly a picture of perfection on arrival. Farming equipment, debris, animals seem to be wandering aimlessly. It took a solid 15 minutes for the proprietor to realize there was anyone there, but when they did we found and absolute gem. It's perhaps the an assuming nature of the property that like Baraillon has kept the national importers away, or maybe the miniscule production. We knew, however, the moment Madame Lacourt step out of her quant farmhouse that we'd met someone special. The little farm in La Depeche is doing it old school. Modern Armagnac producers might call their stuff old fashioned, but we call it absolutely delicious. Big bold and estery, the Lacourts have a relatively hands off approach to the elevage of there Armagnacs. That means, not a ton of oxygenation, very little ouillage, and some investment in high quality Gascony oak. The result is bold, blustery Armagnac Sourdois (Madame's nom de famille) as they call it. Dense chewy, dried fruit and big spices, the Jean Bon Armagnacs are in the top tier for this old school style.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is just a knockout spirit, period. 28 years of maturation perfection has lead to an Armagnac of supreme balance and character. There's sweet oak spice, a burst of peppery notes, richness from the wood, and a long finish that meanders between caramel corn and toasted oak. That's almost three decades worth of age for your C-note.
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    K&L Staff Member
    The 1987 was the star of the show for me, simply great brandy. Full of exuberance and life, it can hardly be contained in the glass. Dark chocolate, pecan pie, sweet pralines and cream, so many notes of warm richness. The palate is softly textured. It melts over your palate, adding to the overall aesthetic. The second sip brings out the nuance: hints of cedar and clove are lurking underneath the initial burst of sweetness, offering the perfect balance. Long and beautiful on the finish, begging for another sip.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    The 1987 is a fruity, spicy treat and has a nice velvety mouth-feel. It is elegant enough to be called pretty and has a nice, subtle and spicy finish.
  • Dulcinea Gonzalez
    By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
    K&L Staff Member
    Holiday bottle alert! Of the Domaine de Jean Bon's, this 1987 vintage strikes me as the most balanced of the lot. The nose permeates with the flavors of Autumn displaying mouthwatering notes of vanilla and candied corn. The mouthfeel delivers a succulent full body and reveals mild hints of allspice and clove. Super delicious stuff, I can't imagine a better close to a Thanksgiving day dinner! Soothing and super recommended!


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