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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... Read more
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 own... Read more
Food Pairings for Chateau Saint-Aubin Bas Armagnac Reserve
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.
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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