1990 L'Encantada 27 Year Old "Domaine le Parre #18" Tenarèze Armagnac (750ml) SKU #1376986

Price: $89.99

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Tasting Notes

The unusual Domaine Le Parre is the first producer in Tenarèze to be uncovered by the crew at L'Encantada. This is a beautiful little estate situated on a plateau, which boasts boulbène soils and was planted to mostly Baco with a small percentage of Ugni Blanc. The domaine stopped cultivating vines in 1995 and was famous for having a giant barrel fashioned from an old train car. While the domaine's eau-de-vie were top notch, the heavier clay soils resulted in eau-de-vie that need extra time to truly become expressive. But after about 20 years, it's clear that some world-class brandy is being produced here.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    The Le Parre estate is the first Tenarèze producer that Encantada have worked with. The regions Armagnacs are much harder edged than the Bas-Armagnac to the West due to the preponderance of clay in the soils. There are certainly exceptional brandies being produced in the area and especially above 20 years old they can be exceptional. The nose here in a lot of ways is very typical Tenarèze, with more overt herbaceous quality and a dark gravelly quality. It's layered enough to not feeling overpowering and with some air we start to see something very much more than earthiness. Tons of dried stone fruits, apricots and dates. Hints of roasted nuts, wild honey and powerful dried spices. The savory quality on the nose braces you for a powerful dry entry, but this stuff goes completely the other way. Supple and round, without a hard tannin in site, the rancio fruit and candied nuts take over from the spice and herbs. Textured warm and long on the palate, it's no lightweight, but has an unexpected finesse for a Tenarèze. I feel like this deserves to be more expensive, but I just can bring myself to be that greed and pray that anyone who loves good brandy is able to afford a bottle of this benchmark offering from this special estate.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    My goodness, I like this elegant little beasty. There are deep honey notes and scents of a very aromatic spice blend followed by lavender, candied citrus peel, and orange oil. On the palate, the brandy is quite soft and approachable, not behaving like a cask strength drink, though it warms gradually, opening flavors of bruleed sugar and a gentle toasty wood quality. This is a winner.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This is really a beautiful and delicious Armagnac. The nose is very seductive with sweet floral notes and a savory undertone. It is round and easy with deep dark fruit flavors that are balanced out with interesting hints of savory. It is very complex and should please both Armagnac and perhaps even single malt lovers. Fantastic price.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    I've been hard pressed to pick a favorite among the new batch of L'Encantada Armagnac's, but the 27 year Le Parre #18 certainly makes it case. There is a tremendous minerality and freshness to this brandy that I frankly wasn't expecting. The complex dry nose misleads the rich and fruity palate. These kind of juxtapositions excite me and tend to be the most compelling drams for me. One sip is a long walk through a classic English estate: you smell the wet stone of the building, taste the florals and fruits of a diverse orchard and garden, and the fresh herbs on the finish cling to you as you walk on by. It's a magical drinking experience.
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    It breaks my heart to review something this delicious with the knowledge hanging over my head that each sip taken further depletes stores that will never again be replenished. The Parre estate saw its last distillation in 1995 (this offering is from 5 years previous), from vineyards that were made up of Baco and Ugni Blanc. The resulting 27 year old Armagnac is pure aromatic pleasure, from the nose all the way to the last lingering notes on the tongue. Fruity and spicy, it begins with a soft nose of citrus blossoms and a rich caramel that carries into the palate, joined by savory baking spices (cardamom and nutmeg). A gorgeous and delicate offering sure to impress you and any guests that might be lucky enough to share in it with you. At a steal of a price!


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