Review #490 | /r/Brandy Review #14 – Chateau de Pellehaut 1986 Vintage 31yr Armagnac
The Schtick: This is an armagnac from Chateau de Pellehaut which hails from the Tenareze region. Pellehaut primarily uses folle blanche.
Distiller: Chateau de Pellehaut
Bottler: Chateau de Pellehaut
ABV: 498% ABV
Age: 31 Years
Grape Varietal: Folle Blanche
Nose: Deep oaky bourbon notes. Brown sugar, maple, caramel, peach cobble, blackberry jam. The complexity here is impressive.
Taste: Sweet and syrupy, almost like Dole syrupy. Fruit abounds here like a fruit cocktail, oaky and tannic blending nicely with cocoa. The sweetness is really apparent here, but the oak that I usually find too dominating is a great blender here. The two extremes balance nicely, preventing it from being either cloying or too dry.
Finish: Medium with more sweetness surviving. Oak is present here also, but the stewed fruits win out in the end.
Overall: There were a lot of directions this could have gone, but it wasn’t oak dominated and this was the kicker. The finish was particularly nice, ending on a faintly sweet note rather than a bitter, dry, tannic one.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect