1983 Lous Pibous estate
1985 The Bidets estate
This armagnac from Baco grape was produced with a travelling alembic for the Bidets estate, located in Arthez-d’Armagnac. Aromatic and lightly rustic, with animal note, a full and long attack on the palate: it is the archetype of the digestive armagnac.
Profile: Fine, balanced. Stone fruit, curry. Citrus, infused plants.
1986 The Bidets estate
The Encantada is an independent bottler driven by four passionate professionals. This collection of enchanting armagnac products is selected from a range of estates and bottled at cask strength. The Bidets estate is one of the most emblematic. The 1986 vintage expresses perfectly the character fresh and heady of the Armagnacs from this estate.
Profile : dry grass, quince and apricot. Fine wood (oak). Dried fruits (almond, nut). Spice (mustard). Savoury, verbena. Chocolate and bourbon vanilla.
Colour: old gold with topaz bright.
Nose: flexible, tender. First, there are notes of dry grass, of quince and apricot, covered with a fine wooded film (oak). Then, there are notes of dried fruits (almond, nut) and vanilla. More and more spice (mustard) and generous (savoury, essence of cedar, verbena), finally, it is balanced between chocolate and bourbon vanilla.
Palate: dynamic, quite nervous. Mix of species (pepper, cinnamon) and fresh fruit (orange, mango, damson), it languishes over hay and alfalfa. Like with the nose, chocolate and vanilla are in the center of the palate. Empyreumatic, it takes refuge over the lime blossom and cedar shadows.
Overall: soft, balanced. Confident, it lets licorice, dried nut and grilled almond notes on the pallet. It becomes earthy and has root notes (gentian, ginger) and cocoa. The retro-nasal olfaction is floral (lily, iris) and the empty glass is spice and roasted (coffee).
1988 Del Cassou estate
Made exclusively from ancient Baco vines, this vintage from the Del Cassou estate has refused to age, and more precisely, it has banished any reference to wood from its olfactory and flavour vocabulary. So, it shows a youthfulness of spirit that leads it into territory that would at first glance appear quite far removed: the world of whisky. It is also a beautiful expression of the Boulbènes (silica-clay-sand) terroir from which it originates. Spectacular.
Profile : lively, vigorous. Exotic, mustard, spicy notes (pepper, nutmeg) contrast the acidity of the citrus fruits on the palate. Long, silky finish.
Colour: bright gold with subtle glints of rose.
Nose: refined, elegant. The woody influence on the opening is barely noticeable. This paves the way for fresh (apple, pear) and exotic (pineapple, kaffir lime) fruit to fully express themselves. It gradually develops honeyed and slightly mustardy notes. Growing increasingly spiced (pepper, nutmeg), it turns almost medicinal (camphor, balm).
Palate: lively, vigorous. The acidity and bitterness of the citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit) give the attack bags of energy. The mid-palate is particularly herbaceous (cut hay, lime blossom). Its relationship with some Speyside single malts is uncanny. It lingers with notes of incense and beeswax.
Overall: long, silky. Its silky character evokes the mellowness of the plums that can be tasted through the many other fruits with which it abounds. In particular: nectarines, yellow peaches, William pears and pippin apples. It evolves classically with prunes and winey notes. The retro-nasal olfaction is a combination of “tawny sand” and fresh tobacco. The empty glass is herbaceous (gentian, juniper) and spiced (black pepper, cloves).
1988 The Parre estate
The alcohol universe is often full of paradoxes: that’s what gives it its charm. The first nose of this version of the Parre estate suggests tequila flavour. This aromatic complexity (rather than duality) between tequila and Armagnac gives birth to an armagnac classic and extremely original.
Profile: firm, elegant. Notes of agave and lemon which suggests the tequila taste. Fruity perfumes (mirabelle, apple, orange), balsamic and empyreumatics (cedar, musk).
Colour: old gold with topaz bright.
Nose: bright and firm. Notes of agave and lemon which suggests the tequila taste. Quickly, sweeter fruits (Mirabelle, apple) remove it from Mexico. Later, other citrus taste come (orange, grapefruit) and proposes a very good marmalade. Then, it becomes balsamic and empyreumatic (cedar).
Palate: sweet, elegant. It spreads a sensation of lightness, distinction and blossoming. Fruits, white flowers, chocolate and licorice compose the medium palate which is very firm. With aeration, it changes on notes lightly medicinal (camphor, musk).
Overall: long, silky. Decomposed, it covers with roughness the papillae. Chocolate and candied ginger are released to take the aftertaste. The retro-nasal olfaction is spicy (star anise, curry), roasted (tobacco) and fruity (quince). The empty glass is vanilla and floral (iris).
1989 The Parre estate
1989 Lous Pibous estate