Review: Jean-Luc Pasquet - L. 73 Andre

Updated: Jan 22



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 cognac-expert.com:


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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Archived Scores

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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