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Review: Jean-Luc Pasquet - L. 73 Andre

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Old Pours for a New Year - Part 1

Kicking off a new series where I say, "so long" to 2020 and usher in 2021 with a lot of brandy older than myself. If I've squirreled away accordingly, this should take me right up to my birthday in March.

Jean-Luc Pasquet - L. 73 Andre - Petit Champagne - 51.4%

Pasquet "L'Esprit de Famille" focuses on older parcels of cognac, paying respect to the independent producers who crafted them. The story of Andre from

Mr. André Bertandeau was deported to Buchenwald during the Second World War. Spending 2 years in a concentration camp before being freed by Russians, his experience has resonated with many people in the region, who will never forget this great man's powerful story. A war hero who was awarded the French Medal of Honor in 2016, Bertandeau was known as a winegrower with a big heart. When André Bertandeau passed away, the entirety of his estate (along with his eaux-de-vie) was auctioned and the proceeds given to Action against Hunger and Doctors without Borders.


Nose: Tropical fruit and wax. Mango. Pineapple. Wow. Strawberry hard candy. Background wood spices. Vanilla. It'll just keep unfolding. Cherries now. Something meaty back there.

Flavor: Tropical fruit. Wax. Florals. Clynelish-y. Honey. Peach. Apples. Caramel. Strawberry Laffy Taffy. Orange marmalade. Touch of menthol. Black pepper. Oak.

Structure: Slow. Confident. Rolling. Strong, bold movements that never lose their grip.

Alcohol Integration: It probably handles water well. But I drank the whole bottle without adding any. It's really dialed in.

Score: 9 (Stash Two) This one's special. Friends weren't always as in love with it as I was - it's intense - but there was never any doubt something exciting was happening in the glass.


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Rating System

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

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