**Review #808 | /r/Brandy Review #22 – 1979 Domaine de Jean-Bon 36 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 1979 is actually less rich than some of the younger expressions depite the extra maturation. The savory spices and the pepperiness of the older wood starts first on the palate, before adding oak and vanilla similar to an older American whiskey. The finish is lean and clean with more of that savoriness, almost like some of the old Jefferson Bourbons we used to sell.” – KLwines
Distiller: Domaine de Jean-Bon (France)
Bottler: Domaine de Jean-Bon (for KLWines)
ABV: 45% ABV
Age: 36 Years
Nose: Rich honey, grape, cotton candy, fig, tobacco and cream
Taste: Medium mouthfeel, sulfur, oak, tobacco, pepper. Some heat. Apples, pears, figs, dates, rich cherry. Mild cocoa.
Finish: Long, rich, some heat. Tobacco and pepper reign supreme with a really healthy oak backbone.
Overall: Really very nice. Fruit is present, rich and sticky. There is good wood character but the palate was a little hotter than I’d have liked.
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