Review #490. Chateau de Pellehaut 1986 31yr Armagnac

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

Maturation: Oak

Grape Varietal: Folle Blanche

Region: Tenareze

Source: Sample

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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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


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