1990 The Parre estate
This estate, located in the Armagnac Ténarèze appellation, on a plain of boulbènes soil (sandy-clay), makes the most of its beautiful terroir.
Distilled on the estate, using a majority of Baco and small amounts of Ugni Blanc, these armagnacs have waited, for the youngest, for 20 years in an oak cask before to be revealed. It is an Armagnac very atypical for the region.
1992 Del Cassou estate
Christelle, Frédéric, Vincent and Xavier, 4 armagnac enthusiasts who joined forces to create the highly-specialised Vic Fezensac-based wine merchants: l’Encantada. They scoured the land from Ténarèse to Bas-Armagnac to select their eaux-de-vie exclusively from small producers. The Domaine Del Cassou located near Arthez d’Armagnac is one of them. Made from the Baco grape variety and a little Ugni Blanc, the 1992 vintage from this estate is particularly concentrated and representative of the sandy Bas-Armagnac terroir.
Profile : beautiful depth. The sandy notes on the palate compliment the notes of apricot, grilled walnut and fresh fig on the nose. Typical of Bas-Armagnac.
Colour: orangey copper with glints of burnished gold.
Nose: refined, deep. Black fruit (blackberry, blueberry), soot, prunes, baked apples and heady florals (lily, iris) make up the opening notes of the aromatic palette. It evolves with notes of tobacco, pine resin, precious wood and heather honey. Later on, candied apricots, toasted walnuts and fresh figs appear on the scene.
Palate: simultaneously firm and creamy. It begins exactly where the nose let off, starting with apricots, walnuts and figs with the addition of some notes of «boulbènes» (the region’s silica-clay-sand soil). The stunning Bas-Armagnac terroir impregnates every inch of the mid-palate. The dry, sunny accent of the South-West can be heard in the distance. The back of the palate is vanilla scented and exotic (passion fruit, persimmon).
Overall: long, silky. Its texture is delightfully grainy. Shortbread dough plays on the tongue while flowers (lilac, peony) infuse the warmth of the end of the palate with their heady fragrances. The retro-olfaction is characterised by notes of raisins and polish (precious wood, emery cloth). The empty glass swims in spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger) and aromatic herbs (lime blossom, vervain)
1994 Lous Pibous estate
Produced with the grape variety Folle Blanche, this Armagnac evinces a youth constantly renewed. The Folle Blanche exalts the olfactory palette of these floral perfumes and brings lot of delicacy in the palate. For the Overall, it breaths Gascony and constitutes a true invitation to the discovery of the typical regional cook, complementary to her generous eau-de-vie.
Profile: strength, gourmand. Fruity notes (orange, apricot), woody (oak), spice (cumin, pepper), and perfumed (lime, rose, gentian). Aroma of tobacco, prunes and banana flambée.
Colour: mahogany with green bright.
Nose: strength, firm. During the first time, lime, orange, tar and tobacco nuance it. Then, it evolves on floral notes (rose), fruity (apricot) and spicy (cumin, black pepper). Finely wooded (oak) and medicinal (gentian root), it continues to prunes and banana flambée taste.
Palate: gourmand, balanced. His attack put forward tiger balm, heady flowers (iris, tuberose), candied apricot and dates. Sandy, unlied, it roots around gentian and ginger. This gustative rejuvenation finds this apogee on saffron and ripe fruits (William pear, nectarine) note.
Finale : long, silky. With enthusiasm, it appears chocolate, licorice and oily (tobacco). His consistency allows extending during a long time the tasting. The dry, sunny accent of the South-West can be heard in the distance. The retro-nasal olfaction is exotic (mango, passion fruit). The empty glass is terpenic (schist, lava).
1996 Lous Pibous estate
Lous Pibous means ‘the poplars’ in the Gascon dialect. Located in Mauléon d’Armagnac in the heart of the Bas-Armagnac region, this estate ages its spirits in new oak barrels from the region. Made from the Folle Blanche grape variety, this 1996 vintage boasts remarkable finesse and power. The new oak lends incredible class to its flavour and aromatic palette while ensuring it remains as close as possible to the grape variety, keeping its feet firmly on the ground.
Profile: elegant. The fine but rich nose (candied oranges, beeswax) develops into balsamic notes (cedar). The palate is floral (lily of the valley, lilac) and light.
Colour: magnificent orangey copper.
Nose: rich, complex. With its notes of prune, dried apricot, candied orange, beeswax, new oak and saffron, the opening is exceptionally refined. It develops notes of salted butter caramel and heady florals (peony, hyacinth). Its balsamic (cedar) and medicinal (balm) character emerges in a burst of freshness and gradually dominates.
Palate: concentrated, elegant. The attack on the palate is airy and floral (lilac, lily of the valley). Next, fine spices (cardamom, nutmeg) quickly pick up the pace. The mid-palate is dominated by concentrate of iris and fresh ginger. The same flowers make a second appearance. Various types of honey gradually coat the taste buds without ever becoming over-powering. Outstanding.
Overall: long, accomplished. Delicately chocolatey, it also boasts a hint of rancio (cherries in brandy, apricot liqueur). Evocative of harvest baskets overflowing with bunches of Folle Blanche grapes. The retro-nasal olfaction wavers between prune, vanilla and dark chocolate. The empty glass is roasted (tobacco, coffee).
1999 Lous Pibous estate