Grosperrin Bas Armagnac - Fine Drams & Aficionados - 53.1%
From Grosperrin: This Bas-Armagnac originated from a small farm located close to the village of Courrensan, one of the best place for Armagnac production. The young winegrower is mainly selling his wine production to a cooperative, but some years the traveling distiller comes to distill a part of this wine production. The cellar is quite small, with 20 or 30 casks only, the oldest from the early 1990's. Some of them are extremely good, and this 1996 is one of them.
Notes: Straight forward and expressive nose - tons of wood sugars and spice. Roasted nuts. Clove. Black pepper. Oak. Buttery caramel. Palate cranks vanilla wafers - like those Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes. Cardamom. Clove. Wild cherry. Rich oak. Some intense but integrated florals on the back. Structure is rolling, long, and layered. Seamless transitions.
Score: 9 (Stash Two) This one ticks most of the boxes for me - clarity, complexity, weight, structure. Definitely barrel driven; mustn't be oak adverse. Fortunately, I'm not.
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