L'Heritier-Guyot Vieux Marc de Bourgogne Reserve 42.0%
L'Hertitier-Guyot's production history goes back to 1845 - one of the first distilleries in the Dijon region. Today, they focus on fruit cream liqueurs. I couldn't find any recent mentions of marc production. This bottling is from the 1980s and likely aged ~4 years. Love it or hate it, a young pomace brandy ought to have plenty of character.
Notes: Lemon cookies and baked nuts. Touch of the wet and rotty underneath. Some greener, vegetal notes as well. Full and weighty on entry for 42% - lots of burnt sugar. Mid-palate gets sharp with citrus and white pepper. Bitter notes (nuts and roots) start cycling underneath everything. Long, low heat finish with some soft rolling action where it digs sweet again while the acidic and pepper notes keep popping top notes. Bitter, rooty notes linger way, way back in the tail of the finish.
Score: 5 (Acceptable) Rereading - none of these notes really illustrate the distinct profile if you haven't had any marc. The style is very much all its own. They also don't highlight the discord. The lemon and old, burnt sugars in theory could pair well. However, there's a lack of harmony and connective tissue on the palate (compounded by the rooty bitter notes) that pulls your attention in opposite directions at once. The pour is also grippy. So if you're not into it, there's no escape.
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