This stupendous brandy comes from the Chateau de la Grangerie estate in the northern area of the Tenareze, one of the most picturesque and intriguing estates in all of Gascogne. The beautiful chateau is built around a 12th century monastery. It is in the old chapel where the Langalerie family stores all of their armagnac. The old open floor building is the perfect aging environment for the wonderful Ugni Blanc eau-de-vie being distilled here. Fewer than 10 barrels are made every year, but they also cultivate grains, plums, and grapes for wine production. This allows them some leeway to purchase new oak for the elevage of their armagancs, which are some of the most elegant and complex in the area. The nuance, as compared to some of the more powerful and rustic brandies found in the region, comes as much from the care that Antoine and Robert Langalerie take in production as the uniquely sandy soils, which resemble much more the east to the west in Bas-Armagnac. The result is an eau-de-vie that hits its stride extremely early compared to many of its neighbors. We've always loved the freshness and grace found in this special brand at between 15-20 years of age. So much so, that we bought two casks just a year apart. Both of these are true single barrels, never blended with similar casks of the same vintage, as is typical.
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By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
The lovely zesty middle aged Armagnacs from Grangerie are the ones that get us every time. We picked a wonderful barrel of from 2001 and a sister cask to this one as well and there's something very satisfying about this estate in that 18-20 year range. The older ones tend to be harder and less open, but there's always a lovely baseline rusticity that Grangerie exhibits throughout the offerings. Must be the affects of their unusual chai. The '99 is lighter in color than the '00 and their differences are exactly why we chose two similarly aged single barrels. The 99 is certainly off the oak and exhibits a wide array of subtle flavors: Chinese five spice, hibiscus, persimmon and marmalade. On the palate very much off the oak flavors offering instead candied apple, white pepper, ginger, tangerine and slight whiffs of smokiness.
By: Jeffrey Jones
K&L Staff Member
This Armagnac is delicious, interesting and complex. The nose has expressive caramel and floral notes. In the mouth it is soft, concentrated and round, and there are some subtle savory flavors that really add to the overall experience of drinking this spirit. All of the flavor components work together to make this a unique and wonderful Armagnac. There is a long finish.
By: Aaron Hughes
K&L Staff Member
A supple and lively nose that carries a good amount of ripe fruit, but with notes of dates and raisins as well. There's a subtlety to the nose that keeps you going back looking for more notes and more depth, often successfully. The palate is more austere and filled with toasted fennel and thyme as the core, with the fruit and other barrel notes a little more off to the side. This is one of the more unique editions of Armagnac that I've tried and to its benefit, there's something unique and special here.
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