By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
As an obvious contrast to the spirit driven, vibrant '99, this lovely 18 year old Armagnac shows much more oak and savory character than it's sibling. That said it doesn't get into the over the top range that some of the other estates we love show and has a rustic elegance that seems to be ubiquitous at this old Chateau. A nose of fresh blue plums, charred oak, barrel spice, roasting stone fruit. On the palate the oak is not at all overwhelming and balanced by wonderful stewed plum and apricot. It's long and building toward a core of powerful spice. It lies somewhere on the spectrum between great bourbon and amazing old highland single malt. An absolutely gorgeous example of this excellent estate very similar to the awesome '01 14-year-old we sold back in 2015. The age statement is up 4 years, but the price is only up $10! How is it possible? I have no idea.