Review #810 | /r/Brandy Review #23 – 1974 Domaine de Jean-Bon 41 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 1974 is loaded with rancio and savory herbaceous notes that flicker in and out before the richness from the barrel aging comes through. It shows its age with intensely woody flavors that should send fans of ultra-mature whiskey into a frenzy.” – KLWines
Distiller: Domaine de Jean-Bon (France)
Bottler: Domaine de Jean-Bon (for KLWines)
ABV: 45% ABV
Age: 41 Years
Nose: Rich toffee, cocoa, tobacco, fig, earthy and sweet. Super rich.
Taste: Thick, rich, mild heat. Vanilla, cream, jammy fruits , tobacco, pepper, oak, faintly earthy
Finish: Medium, grows bitter despite the syrupy sweetness, a bit more heat than I’d like for the proof.
Overall: Really great but the finish left me wanting. The palate was really very nice, though.
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