Chateau Saint-Aubin Bas Armagnac Reserve NV

Member Review by frelkins:

I'm updating my own review now that I've had the bottle open a few days. Contact with more air has allowed the Armagnac to develop a floral, sweet sandalwood quality, and if anything the feeling of a cinnamon-spiced orange has only increased. Part of the mythology of this is the Round the World (Tour du Monde) sea voyage - so I suppose here we are feeling its stop in Sri Lanka! I find it even more fascinating now. There's a new hint to smoke to it as well.

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Variety: Ugni Blanc
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Château Saint-Aubin:
Built between 1771 and 1777 by Edme Verniquet, an architect from Burgundy, for the Intendant of Provence and the First President of the Parliament of Aix, Charles Jean-Baptiste des Gallois de la Tour, the Château de Saint Aubin sur Loire welcomes you to Charolais-Brionnais and Bourbonnais on the right bank of the Loire. Located seven kilometers to the southwest of Bourbon-Lancy (Saône et Loire... Read more
Built between 1771 and 1777 by Edme Verniquet, an architect from Burgundy, for the Intendant of Provence and the First President of the Parliament of Aix, Charles Jean-Baptiste des Gallois de la Tour, the Château de Saint Aubin sur Loire welcomes you to Charolais-Brionnais and Bourbonnais on the right bank of the Loire. Located seven kilometers to the southwest of Bourbon-Lancy (Saône et Loire 71) and transversed by departmental highway 979, an old Roman road, the village of Saint Aubin sur Loire gave its name to this residence and to the lands that extended to both banks of the river up until the time of the French Revolution. Read less

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Snooth User: frelkins
3102899
4.00 5
11/26/2009

I'm updating my own review now that I've had the bottle open a few days. Contact with more air has allowed the Armagnac to develop a floral, sweet sandalwood quality, and if anything the feeling of a cinnamon-spiced orange has only increased. Part of the mythology of this is the Round the World (Tour du Monde) sea voyage - so I suppose here we are feeling its stop in Sri Lanka! I find it even more fascinating now. There's a new hint to smoke to it as well.


Snooth User: frelkins
3102899
4.00 5
11/24/2009

The packaging notes that the estate dates to the 13th century and has been making Armagnac since the 16th cent. After a checkered past of being owned by various dissolute French aristocrats who all seemed to come to bad ends, the Chateau is now owned by a Swiss billionaire and friend-of-the-arts with an interest in Armagnac. The Reserve was issued to honor the supposed 700th year of the estate. It's a blend of Armagnac from 1962, 1968, 1977, and 1978 vintages, all made from 100% Ugni Blanc. It's aged in special limousin oak barrels, smaller than the industry standard. What's said to be special about this Armagnac is that it's aerated 3 times a year, instead of the usual once. This lovely amber Armagnac may first remind you of a Scotch - it has such a gorgeous clear golden hue. In a flute glass you'll smell aromas of citrus, cinnamon, and the lightest, most pleasant oak. The first sip is most noticeably a deep intense vanilla and more warming, woody spices. So smooth to drink, without any roughness anywhere. Just a delightful winter beverage. Goes well with Valrhona Manjari chocolate.




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