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Domaine Séailles 20 Year Old Tenareze Armagnac (750ml) SKU #1492908

Price: $69.99

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Tasting Notes

A small domain located in Tenareze, Domaine Séailles has been a pioneer in the region for organic viticulture and has been certified as such since 2002. Their estate consists of just 25 hectares, mostly dedicated to the production of wine. On the Armagnanc side of things, just 2.5 hectares are dedicated to a small yearly production of Ugni Blanc specifically for distillation. Grown on the clay limestone soils characteristic of Tenareze, the wine from these vineyards is distilled every January on an old, wood-fired continuous still. The spirit is aged in 300-400L French oak barrels typically ranging between 44% and 48% ABV. The 20 year old expression is blended for roundness on the palate while retaining the bright fruit and punchiness of the limestone soils. While the majority of the brandy in this blend is right around 20 years old and was distilled from organically farmed grapes after 1998, there are older brandies going back to 1990 blended into it for richness and added depth of color.

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Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    1/12/2021
    K&L Staff Member
    The property has been farmed organically since 1998 (certified 2002) so it's likely that the bulk of this 20 year old is completely organic yet uncertified (although it clearly contains some older brandies which would have come before the switch). The color is a shimmering copper. The nose is a wonderful array of fresh, dried, and candied fruits and interplays beautifully with a big spicy oak profile. On the palate it is has just enough power at 44% to satisfy most American whisky drinkers and gobs of salted caramel, candied orange, brown sugar, and cracked black pepper. When you can't even get most 10 year old bourbons for under 100 bucks, check out 20+ year old Armagnac for 70 instead. You may never go back.

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