Review #806 | /r/Brandy Review #21 – 1987 Domaine de Jean-Bon 28 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 Baraillon in their richness, but with more sweetness from the new oak. The 1987 is the slam-dunk winner of the Jean-Bon portfolio, an expression that showcases exactly what these Armagnacs bring to the table. It’s a mouth-coating whirlwind of caramel, oak, spice and fruit, all meandering in and out of focus, harmonizing in complete synchronicity on the finish.” – KLWines
Distiller: Domaine de Jean-Bon (France)
Bottler: Domaine de Jean-Bon (for KLWines)
ABV: 45% ABV
Age: 28 Years
Nose: Cream, rich fruitiness, sticky toffee. Cocoa, thick tobacco, musty oak
Taste: Medium, rich with no heat. Sweet fruits, vanilla, toffee, jammy
Finish: Medium, sulfur, fruity, leather and tobacco.
Overall: Really nice, well balanced and the heat has been remedied from the 95 vintage. Big fan.
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