This relatively small négociant firm is located just outside Courrensan, just within the Bas-Armagnac limits. The firm was started in 1935 by Madame Jeanne Goudoulin who, following the unexpected death of her husband Joseph from injuries sustained during the first world war, began selling his Armagnacs directly from the family property, Domaine de Bigor. As the years passed, the Goudoulin Armagnacs began reaching a larger audience, making their way to the Basque coast and Bordeaux. In 1964, Jeanne's grandson Christian Faure entered the business and began expanding the négociant side, establishing contracts with growers and marketing their products under the Veuve Goudoulin name. In 1977, the Veuve (widow in French) died, and in 1983, Faure constructed a new chai to house his Armagnacs, now called the Clos du Presbytere. Vintages from the 60s, 70s, and 80s tend to come from the border of the Gers and Les Landes, near the towns of Parlebosq, Cazaubon, and Gabarret.
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By: Andrew Whiteley
K&L Staff Member
There are few things I love in the booze business more than a great closeout price. It's a delicate balance when pricing a product—even if you're just slightly too high, a great product can linger. Once the price drops, you have to act fast, as what once was a tasty albeit somewhat pricey bottle becomes a screaming deal. Such is the case with this 30 year old vintage Armagnac from Veuve Goudoulin. This small négociant has sourced excellent brandy since the 1930's and has developed a house style known for sexy aromatics and buttery, soft texture. This 1988 (bottled in 2019) is true to form. The nose is a combination of fresh butter cream with brown sugar and a delicate through-note of sweet golden and tart green apples. The nose develops into a more complex amalgamation of toasted granola, bursting with oats, almonds, and freshly milled barley. The palate is exceptionally mellow—a gateway Armagnac that's a breed apart from the typically more rustic style of the region. In other words, a Cognac lover will feel right at home with this in their snifter. It's a perfect bottle at a perfect price for those looking to explore Armagnac for the first time or for those who just appreciate the wide range of flavors and styles achievable in this magnificent region.
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