1982 L'Encantada 35 Year Old "Del Cassou #187" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) (Previously $140) SKU #1376971

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Tasting Notes

Independent bottler L'Encantada understands what Armagnac lovers want because that's exactly what they are. This group of Armagnac loving friends realized that some of the region's small estates were throwing away legendary eau-de-vie to blends made by the big negociants. They offered those estates a premium to retain the stocks for bottling as single casks at full strength. Many of these estates had neither bottled Armagnac nor had any interest in marketing their precious eau-de-vie. But, our friends at L'Encantada realized that the soul of Armagnac exists in its terroir, history, and culture. By blending these exceptional brandies into large blends you strip them of the very soul that makes this drink so special. They're committed to supporting small estates producing traditional Armagnac and bottling single casks at full strength. The results are some of the most special spirits we've ever come across. The Del Cassou estate is located in Arthez D'Armagnac and is planted entirely to Baco. These original Baco vines are nearly 100 years old and were some of the first of the hybrid grape to be planted in the region after the phylloxera crisis. Traditional aging (successive casking) is employed to soften the tannin, but all their brandies see significant time in new oak before being transitioned into used barrels.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    The Del Cassou estate is considered by the Encantada crew to be one of their greatest finds, on par maybe even with the exquisite Lous Pibous. Of course, its style is in a whole different realm, but that's what makes brandy SO special - it's a product of terroir. In this case their using 100-year-old Baco vines outside of the extremely well-regarded town of Arthez d'Armagnac. There's absolutely no way to make a commercially viable Armagnac with vines this old. Production per acre is absolutely tiny and even with the very productive Baco grape the concentration of the wines is not ideal for actually turning a profit. But the old farmers here think the vines work well and their old school aesthetic extends to the chai as well. This bold masculine style Baco exemplifies the grape perfectly. Here we're covered in blackberry fruit compote sprinkled with pepper. The sweet savory balance continues with roasted pecan and maple pointed by freshly moistened forest floor. The woodsy almost green quality on the nose isn't quite minty, but we're close. On the palate, medium bodied and surprisingly lifted for the age. Caramelize sugar drizzled over a basket of spices and underbrush. No harsh tannins, but a big warming spice that builds to a long sweet crescendo at the back of the palate. This one is scary good and WAY too easy to put back. It's a stay at home for the night type of drink.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This Armagnac is not too old and woody but is lively and concentrated with bright pronounced flavors. The nose is very complex with floral notes dominating. In the mouth it is full bodied, rich and complex. There is a long tongue coating finish that has a hint of spice.
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    Hail to the chief! Tasting through the L'Encantada line is an exercise in accrued pleasure. Each one seems unbeatable until the next, and the ones that came before never lose their luster. By design, each Encantada Armagnac is a butterfly-- unique, captivating, and beautiful. The 35 year Del Cassou is as smooth as can be, showing no hint of the tannin that can sometimes overwhelm very old brandy (a product of successive cask ageing). The nose is full of flamed muscovado sugar, clove spice, with some light floral notes on the edges. It slides across the tongue in an almost sneaky fashion-- open, inviting, and dangerously easy to drink. A rich enough drinking experience for even the most die hard Cognac fan, but all the supple mellowness Armagnac lovers demand.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Glorious. This Armagnac has a little bit of everything to offer. It is sweet and savory, spicy and dry and highlighted by bursts of freshness. I believe it's nearly impossible to not like this brandy because it has something for everyone. There are no pointy edges or harsh tannins. It's perfectly mellow yet doesn't lack for a robust flavor and texture. If you collect fine spirits, this bottling is not to be missed. It's the kind of bottle you savor and hoard. Just make sure you have enough space because you'll probably never drink the last 2oz since once it's gone, it's gone.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    There's definitely a continuation of the cherrywood scents that were present in the younger (still 30 years old!) Cassou, but this older rendition is much more dominated by bold spice, caramel, and oak char. There are also wonderful scents of orange zest, stone fruit, and a pleasant varnish note. The palate boasts even more spice, caramel, and citrus. It then moves into a soft wood polish flavor as it transitions into a satisfyingly long finish that's strong on spice and juicy cherries.


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