By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
The gorgeous brandies coming from the absolutely perfect estate Domaine de Jouanda are one of Armagnac's best kept secrets. In a land full of secrets, it's just incredible to me that this uncompromising an obviously special estate hasn't become more prominent in the eyes of the eau-de-vie loving public. We're here to change that and this deft 15 year old brandy is an easy way to draw people in. Unlike many of our other suppliers we noted exceptional difference between single casks of the same difference and therefore specified the cask number when ordering. Great Bas-Armagnac doesn't need to be super old to be ultra-delicious. If this was being marketed by any other source I'm certain they'd be asking for twice this price and to be honest I'd probably still pay it considering how delicious this is. But, what we have here is a truly classic example of what the greatest estates can achieve at a fraction of the price of what similar estates of this quality can offer. This single cask was aerated 3 times before bottling which is likely why it's so approachable right out of the bottle, where as many great brandies need tons of time to breath, this guy sings the instant is hits the glass. The nose is explosive and driven with unending number of sweet and savory aromatics - muscovado, birch, cola, camphor, newly tanned hide, underbrush, ancient cured oak and cloves. On the palate surprisingly viscous for the age, the sweet and spice continue to battle it out on the palate with the strong savory leathery stuff being saved mostly for the finish. This is a serious mouthful of flavor. Considering a similar vintage from Boingnere or Ravingnan might be 2-3 times this price it's a no brainer for anyone who has even the slightest interest in Armagnac.