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 1979 is actually less rich than some of the younger expressions depite the extra maturation. The savory spices and the pepperiness of the older wood starts first on the palate, before adding oak and vanilla similar to an older American whiskey. The finish is lean and clean with more of that savoriness, almost like some of the old Jefferson Bourbons we used to sell.
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By: Jeffrey Jones
K&L Staff Member
The 1974 Jean Bon offers the rich roundness of a Bacco Armagnac but adds elegance and finesse to the mixture. There is balanced richness, some nice spice and some light fruit flavors. It is hard to stop drinking.
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
K&L Staff Member
Elegant and bright, the 1979 vintage of Domaine de Jean Bon is the leanest, and cleanest tasting of the five bottlings we currently carry. Leaning more on the citrus side of fruitiness with a hint of quince, this opens up nicely with wood spice and vanilla. Enjoy neat or on the rocks!
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