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#101 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 8th, 2019, 2:43 pm

Pulled the trigger on Mars after reading some reviews. 38 y/o cask strength Armagnac for 150 seems unbelievable.

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#102 Post by Jay $$ Winton » March 9th, 2019, 8:54 am

William Segui wrote:
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Chris Freemott wrote:Anyone try the Kirkland XO? Should I be ashamed to say I really like it. And it's a steal at $49.00
damnit, now I must buy one next time I'm at Costco.

It isn't life changing, but it is easy drinking and a tremendous value. These are perfect for scratching the casual cognac itch, I'm going to grab a few more.
didn't drink quite at XO level-a bit rough, IMO.
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#103 Post by Barry L i p t o n » March 9th, 2019, 9:49 am

Can someone tell me which might be the best, at the price? Total Wine is giving me 10% off, and while I have a lot of experience with cognac (my favorite is Delamain Vespers perhaps even over their Tres Venerables), little with armagnac

Chateau de Laubade
1972 - $200
1975 -$170
1978 - $180
1979 - $170
1984 - $130
1988 - $120
1989 - $115
1994 - $100
1998 - $85
1999- $80
XO - $70

Thanks in advance!

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#104 Post by Peter Petersen » March 9th, 2019, 2:22 pm

1978 and the XO both come highly recommend by Jason Wilson.

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#105 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 9th, 2019, 2:38 pm

Never tried that producer. I've been told those in CA should really try to get a bottle of Mars.

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#106 Post by Barry L i p t o n » March 9th, 2019, 3:23 pm

Peter Petersen wrote:
March 9th, 2019, 2:22 pm
1978 and the XO both come highly recommend by Jason Wilson.
Thanks! The vinous tasting notes for the 78 mention vanilla and oak. Anyone try it? Normally not what I look for in spirits, but willing to give it a try. In The meanwhile the XO seems like a safe try.

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#107 Post by Peter Petersen » March 9th, 2019, 8:05 pm

Barry, Yes, I’m not sure how to read that note, maybe perfect for Boubon lovers ;-)
My fav house is Dartigalongue and their stuff is not oaky. Their XO is only $45 at K&L and their 1988 which I still have a pristine bottle of was $120. Both well worth the price if you want something more old school.

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#108 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 20th, 2019, 8:10 am

Had the Darroze 40 grand assemblages which was fantastic. Ordered a bottle immediately.

Also tried the 1910 Labaude which was very interesting; I think the nose was out of this world and it was very complex but def not for everyday.

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#109 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 26th, 2019, 6:17 pm

Comandon is finishing cognac in sherry butts... my first impression is that this is total BS, but who knows.

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#110 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 31st, 2019, 5:34 pm

Btw I just happened upon the serious brandy fb group which seems pretty legit.

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#111 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » April 6th, 2019, 5:58 pm

Had the Tariquet VS Classique tonight which was phenomenal for the price.

Young, exuberant, vinous, but silky smooth and too easy to drink.

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#112 Post by Jay Miller » April 11th, 2019, 11:21 am

Joshua Kates wrote:
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Jay Miller wrote:
February 8th, 2019, 12:29 pm
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Picked up an '86 Laberdolive Bas-Armagnac when in NYC December. Not cheap, but the extreme age intersects with the extreme rusticity in a wonderful way.
I love the vintage Laberdolives.
Yes, Jay,

Truly special. Have you tried other vintages? '86 is the only one I've had and I am curious about how much difference the vintage at this late date may make.
Sorry Josh, I never noticed your question until today. I haven't had the 1986 but have loved the 1982, the 1979 and the 1923.
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#113 Post by Paul H Galli » April 11th, 2019, 11:35 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 5:34 pm
Btw I just happened upon the serious brandy fb group which seems pretty legit.
I looked but couldn't find it.
Can you please provide a link?

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#114 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » April 12th, 2019, 4:08 am

I don’t use the website so no, but just search fb for “serious brandy”. You’ll need to be approved to see it.

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#115 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 5th, 2020, 6:59 am

Astor will have 15% off French spirits in 2 weeks apparently

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#116 Post by Jay Miller » April 4th, 2020, 3:20 pm

A glass of 1972 Francois Darroze Domaine de Dupont is a rich spice box on the nose. The palate veers a bit between showing heat and being a strong middleweight with very attractive depth and complexity.

From a bottle that's been open 15+ years.
Ripe fruit isn't necessarily a flaw.

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#117 Post by William Segui » April 8th, 2020, 2:55 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 5:34 pm
Btw I just happened upon the serious brandy fb group which seems pretty legit.
I'm in that group as well. Do not let that detract from its legitimacy - it is 100%. Some pretty cool stuff/information rolls through there.

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#118 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » April 8th, 2020, 3:42 pm

William Segui wrote:
April 8th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 5:34 pm
Btw I just happened upon the serious brandy fb group which seems pretty legit.
I'm in that group as well. Do not let that detract from its legitimacy - it is 100%. Some pretty cool stuff/information rolls through there.
Yeah it’s good!

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#119 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » April 18th, 2020, 6:17 am

https://winetimeevents.com/events/

Cool Armagnac travel logs

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#120 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » May 19th, 2020, 7:51 am

Would like to reinvigorate this thread and solicit advice for a cognac novice.

I have experience with the big houes / tesserons but would love to solicit thoughts on good entry ($50-100) armagnac to get one's feet wet.

It seems to be the only value game in spirits town!

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#121 Post by AstridKG » May 19th, 2020, 5:30 pm

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 7:51 am
Would like to reinvigorate this thread and solicit advice for a cognac novice.

I have experience with the big houes / tesserons but would love to solicit thoughts on good entry ($50-100) armagnac to get one's feet wet.

It seems to be the only value game in spirits town!
Have you tried the Delord Armagnac 25 year? It should be around $70.
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#122 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » May 19th, 2020, 7:42 pm

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 7:51 am
Would like to reinvigorate this thread and solicit advice for a cognac novice.

I have experience with the big houes / tesserons but would love to solicit thoughts on good entry ($50-100) armagnac to get one's feet wet.

It seems to be the only value game in spirits town!
Join the serious brandy Facebook group.

More 50-80 range
L’encantada XO, either v1 or v2
Dartigalongue XO

If you want to splurge on something spectacular...

https://www.finedrams.com/lencantada-do ... agnac.html

K&L may still have some decent deals on Armagnac as well.

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#123 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » May 20th, 2020, 1:54 pm

Great, thank you both!

Michael - Awesome, have heard Dartigalongue is a good jump off. The Domaine le Frêche isn't as attractively priced stateside else 80 euro is grand ;)

Astrid - I'll look to pickup the Delord 25. It's available widely in NY.

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#124 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » May 20th, 2020, 2:14 pm

KL has a bunch of nice armagnac in stock including a bunch of darroze and la encantada bottlings right now.

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