Updated: Aug 23, 2022
1972 Grosperrin - Fins Bois - 54.6%
Wrapping up this round of Grosperrin tasting a 1972 that again showcases the airtight provenance La Gabare's Cognac de Collection prides itself with. This cask was acquired in 2002 from an heiress with property in Grande Champagne and Fins Bois. Not being a winegrower, she stored the barrels in government- controlled cellars in compliance with French legislation. So these casks came complete with the official paperwork necessary in establishing the vintage.
Nose: Industrial and waxy with plenty of fruit. Orange. Kiwi. Vanilla. Rotty oak. Toffee. Armor All. Light rubber in the background. Cherry bark.
Flavor: Vanilla. Raisins. Green grapes. Spring greens. Dry peak, then work back down with green grapes into toffee, raisin, dried cranberries, cacao powder and fresh florals.
Structure: Balanced and well paced up front. Then it’s quickly perfumed and full of waxy fruit right before a dynamic/complex finish.
Alcohol Integration: Absolutely perfect. Everything is clear, bold, dynamic. You feel the heat, but it never drops flavor.
Score: 9 (Stash Two) Complexity, structure, alcohol integration - all aces. If it wasn't for some of the rubber/Armor All on the nose, I'm not sure what critique I'd have to offer. Also... didn't hate the Armor All.
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10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour