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#1 Post by Corey N. » February 6th, 2016, 7:56 am

I'd greatly appreciate any QPR recommendations for a modestly priced Armagnac.

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#2 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » February 6th, 2016, 8:11 am

In my neck of the woods, Puysegur is a fantastic value. You can get the regular for about $25, VSOP around $40, XO ~$60, and they have a library of vintages with prices starting ~$65 for '90s and $80-100 for '70s & 80's.

My second choice is Laubade, with their basic stuff maybe a touch higher than Puysegur, but their higher end and vintage stuff gets pricey fast.

Lots and lots of other great producers out there. Pellehaut is another I'd recommend.
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#3 Post by Corey N. » February 6th, 2016, 8:13 am

Outstanding -- this is what I needed. Thank you Brent.
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#4 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » February 6th, 2016, 8:29 am

Corey,

Another important point to bring up...

Just like Cognac, Armagnac has different villages with varying terroirs and 10 different grape varieties, so styles can vary and you may see Armagnacs with single village designations or single varietal designations. You may want to brush up and read a little background or go out and try a few if you can before making a pick. The first two I mentioned, Puysegur and Labaude, are both on the richer/heavier side of the style spectrum, the Pellehaut is a bit lighter in general.
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#5 Post by William Segui » February 6th, 2016, 11:36 am

K&L does a great job with Armagnac, IMHO.

I shouldn't post this cause I need a back up, but this one is terrific. A nice juicy center with a rich, woody bourbon round finish. https://www.klwines.com/p/i?i=1220802

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#6 Post by Corey N. » February 6th, 2016, 11:38 am

I appreciate the recommendation Will. Good for you that K&L doesn't ship to Illinois, so no need to fret about me snagging that bottle.
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#7 Post by Scott Sutherland » February 6th, 2016, 1:43 pm

I really liked the Darroze 20 for a bottle that's not an exclusive. I've had some great ones from k and l but a lot of them are exclusives.

I didn't like the Darroze 40 because it was too woody for me.

I second the Pellehaut rec but I'm not sure how available they are nationally.

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#8 Post by danupdike » February 8th, 2016, 12:11 pm

Duffeau Napoleon Armagnac. About $30, my QPR favorite.
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#9 Post by William Segui » March 2nd, 2016, 5:07 pm

Could use a little more body but a very nice sipper with complexity and balance.
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#10 Post by Scott Sutherland » March 3rd, 2016, 6:57 am

William Segui wrote:Could use a little more body but a very nice sipper with complexity and balance.
Is that from K and L? If so is it the 83 or the 87?

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#11 Post by William Segui » March 3rd, 2016, 10:58 am

Scott Sutherland wrote:
William Segui wrote:Could use a little more body but a very nice sipper with complexity and balance.
Is that from K and L? If so is it the 83 or the 87?

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Sorry -- looks like the pic was cut off. It is from K&L and it is the 1983. For $99 a steal. So many good ones out there.

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#12 Post by Michae1 P0wers » March 3rd, 2016, 11:39 am

K& L is the best source.

My favorite is Domaine de Baraillon, and you may be able to find that locally as well. This is in a big, caramel, butterscotch style. The 10 and 20 are good, but the vintages kick ass. The '82, '84 and '85 are likely long gone, but if you see one pounce. Man were those good brandies.

I truly dislike Puysegur, finding it to have a rancid note (rancio? Perhaps, but not in a way I like). Also dislike Tariquet and most of the widely distributed stuff.

Domaine de Jean-Bon is really good. The '99 was better than the '95, but alas, is sold out.

Marie Duffau is readily available and decent. I see that Dan already suggested it, though I'd get the Hors d'age rather than the Napoleon. The Napoleon is decent too, particularly with Perrier.

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#13 Post by Peter Petersen » December 16th, 2017, 8:24 am

‘Tis the season for Armagnac again. My favorite last year was Chateau Briat, haven’t seen any this year but found a new one at K&L

1999 Thierry Darrimajou "Domaine du Berdet" 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive Armagnac.

Both Briat and this one are traditionally made. Quite rich but without being too aggressive. Caramel, spice, and dried plums dominate. Rounded palate and nice finish.
Bought two bottles yesterday so there might be none left so I’ll switch to the 1995 when these are finished.

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#14 Post by David K o l i n » December 16th, 2017, 10:11 am

The Tariquet VSOP and Delord Napoleon and VSOP (and 25 yo) Bas Armagnacs are nice and available at Binnys

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#15 Post by Peter Petersen » December 20th, 2017, 3:58 pm

Was not happy to see an article about Armagnac in NYT saying that they are getting more popular.
I personally like the rusticity of these brandies, and from what I can tell the ones that are not in the new “barrel proof” style.
According to my son the above mentioned Armagnac is too fruity on the nose and too smooth on the palate. He’d much rather have a barrel proof single malt that with a vigorous aftertaste.

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#16 Post by Michae1 P0wers » December 22nd, 2017, 9:34 am

Peter Petersen wrote:Was not happy to see an article about Armagnac in NYT saying that they are getting more popular.
I personally like the rusticity of these brandies, and from what I can tell the ones that are not in the new “barrel proof” style.
According to my son the above mentioned Armagnac is too fruity on the nose and too smooth on the palate. He’d much rather have a barrel proof single malt that with a vigorous aftertaste.
I don't know what constitutes "new" in terms of Armagnac, but I first discovered the genre about 15 years ago with Domaine de Baraillon's 1982, which a local wine bar carried. I believe those wines were always around 100 proof. I like a slightly overproof style personally. Can always add a bit of water if needed. Sometimes I find cognac in particular can be too light at 40%.

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#17 Post by Peter Petersen » December 22nd, 2017, 12:49 pm

Michael,
Not my terminology, it’s what the Brandy and Whisk(e)y expert at K&L told me. Apparently topping off the barrels with water also creates a less reduced product.

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#18 Post by Dustin Buchko » January 5th, 2018, 9:38 pm

Cannot recommend the offerings from K&L enough, these guys are on top of their game when it comes to French brandies. Like Peter I have been swooning over the Darrimajou Armagnacs of late, the 95' is a rock star. I reluctantly recommend these spirits for someone looking for the next big thing.

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#19 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » January 5th, 2018, 9:50 pm

Hee hee, an update...

I now represent Tariquet, which has been in the Armagnac biz since the 17th Century but has mostly recent stuff, lighter in style.

Also Castarede, which has a much deeper cellar of older stocks and some tremendously popular cask strength Armagnacs only available in Europe. If you'd like a tasting appointment at their salon in Paris PM me.

My company Domaine Select represents these brands so I have bias, but unless you're buying them at a store I recommend in Manhattan I have no direct commercial interest!
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#20 Post by Jay Miller » January 6th, 2018, 4:16 am

Not sure how I missed this the first time around but Corey - if you're ever back in NYC remind me and I'll bring an armagnac or two to finish off dinner with.

Brent - ditto so long as it's not a Sherry dinner. Following Sherry with Armagnac sounds like a really bad idea.


For a modestly priced Armagnac I really like Ravignan, CSW has the 1985 currently which I haven't tried.
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#21 Post by Corey N. » January 6th, 2018, 4:28 am

Jay, I’ll take you up on that offer (because you’re utterly charming and I’d love to meet up again), but I should confess that Linda is the Armagnac fan, while I still struggle with higher proof liquors. That said, I’m slowly trying to work on my tolerance for heat. Baby steps.
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#22 Post by Mont Stern » January 6th, 2018, 3:04 pm

I am a fan of Castarede.

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#23 Post by Bob Kot » June 16th, 2018, 4:36 am

Like anything you get what you pay for.

The “Larressingle X.O. Armagnac Grande Reserve” drinks much better than its price point of $80-$90.

Try it once and you’ll always come back for more. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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