By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
These wild single cask Armagnac represent some of the most unique and powerful brandies we've ever tasted. Hailing from a tiny domaine in the "Grand Cru" village of Perquie, this producer purchased new oak for the two vintages and never topped up or reduced their brandy during maturation. The powerful and oak driven style of brandy is exactly what most modern Armagnac producers are trying to avoid. The powerful esters of the alemique column stills mixed with 30 years in new oak, create a completely unique example of what the rustic brandies of Gascogne can be. This is the real deal, old school, in your face style of brandy that is simply not available outside of the few tiny farms that continue to make this style for home consumption. The 87 is savory in a way that the 88 is not. The color is an identical shade of reddish mahogany, but the nose goes in different direction! Tanned hide, sweet herbs, fresh roasted coffee, red currants, wild honey and lacquer box. The palate has a freshness that contrasts the deep savory quality of the nose. An almost tangy acidity carries through the structured palate moving toward those tangy red fruits in a very unusual way. The spicy peppery oak builds on the finish. Shockingly different from its sibling, this strange balance between zippy structure and tense savoriness. An all together exhausting and wonderful experience to consumer.