Review #804 | /r/Brandy Review #20 – 1995 Domaine de Jean-Bon 20 Year Old K&L Exclusive Bas Armagnac
The Schtick: This is a French armagnac that is distilled at Domaine de Jean-Bon and bottled exclusively for KLWines in California.
“Domaine Jean-Bon was started by a family with three brothers, all of whom were named Jean crazily enough. It turns out, however, that one of the Jeans was liked more than the other two, so they named the estate after him: Jean-Bon, or the “good” Jean. Jean-Bon produces about four to six barrels of Armagnac per year, all distilled from Baco (although they’ve started now with a bit of Ugni Blanc). The spirits are absolutely incredible values, almost like Baraillaon in their richness, but with more sweetness from the new oak. The 1995 gives twenty years of oak influence with a savory element that pairs beautifully with the decadent mouthfeel and dark caramel notes.” – KLWines.com
Distiller: Domaine de Jean-Bon (France)
Bottler: Domaine de Jean-Bon (Exclusive for KLWines)
ABV: 45% ABV
Age: 20 Years
Nose: Rich fruitiness, coffee, toffee, oak. Deeply fragrant, fruity and rich. Musty tobacco.
Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. Good body. Mild heat, oak pepper and tobacco. Faint sulfur, clove, cocoa. Sweet and fruity, mild stewed fruits. Fairly crisp.
Finish: Medium length, growing heat, fruity, oaky, spicy. More heat than I really would have enjoyed, but not punishing.
Overall: Good stuff, really enjoyed it despite some flaws, but nothing show stopping. Looking forward to moving up to some older drams in the days to come.
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