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1998 Domaine de Jouanda - Cask #312 "K&L Exclusive" Bas-Armagnac (750ml)

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The incredible Domaine de Jouanda is one of the best estates that has remained essentially unknown despite an explosion in interest in the Armagnac category. Easily ranked as one of Bas-Armagnac's top estates by anyone who's ever tasted it, the family Poyferre has found success in France, but is not widely distributed stateside. This family, the same that once owned the excellent Chateau Leoville-Poyferre, commercialize their armagnacs more as family tradition than a profit-making endeavor. In fact, 100% of the profits from selling armagnac are returned to the upkeep of the historic estate where they're made, and the owners squeeze the brandy production in amongst other business endeavors. The Barons of Poyferre have owned the estate since 1880 and produced Armagnac there since at least 1887. Considering the commitment to tradition and quality, these brandies should be significantly more expensive. We pay a slight premium for the aristocratic lineage, but these remain some of the best values around. If you're looking for Boingniere quality at Tenareze prices, look no further than the fabulous Domaine de Jouanda. We tasted through nearly their entire cellar and selected the finest casks we could locate. The estate does not release casks or do any ullage until their brandies are at least 15 years old, so even older single barrels have incredible differences between them. This brandy was aerated twice before bottling, each cask tasted yearly to determine if they need oxygen.


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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2020 | Send Email
There are not many places on earth where you can find a 21 year old spirit that will retail for $75. For it to be of this top shelf quality is an absolute coup. This brandy is really the tale of two sensory experiences. The nose and palate don't match in the way most spirits do, but they're both terrific and the complement each other wonderfully. The darkest of our 3 exclusive Jouanda offerings, this absolutely shows the most oxidative rancio notes in the lineup. The nose is dense and brooding. It doesn't lack for something pretty, but the standout characteristics are on the savory, nutty, dried fruit side of things and tending towards leather and varnish. The palate is a different story all together. It's much lighter in body than expected but still coats the tongue. It's like a perfectly broken in pair of boots, soft, supple, comfortable, and it makes you happy every time you put 'em on. There is a bit of floral sweetness on the palate, like jasmine after a rain, but more of a maple syrup sweetness that belies the aromatic profile. the finish brings everything together in one perfect flourish. The quality of the oak is readily apparent as the structure lingers without any astringent aftertaste. Dried fruit and nuts mesh together harmoniously with the sweet florals, maple, and savory elements. Everything fades away at the same pace, slowly, but evenly. A top Armagnac from a top estate.
Top Value!

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2020 | Send Email
The awesome Jouanda estate is run by the sweetest most an assuming couple. They spend a lot of time and energy trying to make the very best Armagnac possible, but they don't actually make any money on these brandies. Instead, the proceeds go back into the upkeep of this special place. It's incredible how different the '98 and the younger '04 show, but there is continuity between vintages. The strong oak influence on the younger has tamed into a more supple and complex offering which leans strongly toward the savory character. Already showing tons of rancio (deep oxidized sherry/fruit character) roasted hazeulnuts, cola, dried plums and big sweet oak. Despite the unbelievable dense nose the palate is VERY forgiving. Supple and sweet with no hardedges or strong tannins at all, but it does have plenty of spice. I really expected it to be drier based on the nose and that shows you the inherent quality of the operation. An absolutely sublime example of mid-aged Armagnac.

By: Jennifer Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2020 | Send Email
Dark toasted oak and brown sugar, smooth caramel and butterscotch flavors abound in this 1998 Armagnac. It's spicy and a bit sour too with hints of tropical notes such as pineapple and kiwi. You can definitely taste the age on this 21 year old aged in oak barrels.

By: Aaron Hughes | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2020 | Send Email
While not quite as floral as the 2004, there is still a lovely nose to be found here, though more forward with fruit and a vanilla-rich custard on the nose. The palate is deliciously smooth and full of lovely round fruit and some lovely spice on the lingering finish. This is a more austere Armagnac for people who are looking for less of a dessert-like delicacy and more of a spicy accompaniment.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2020 | Send Email
Much lighter in profile than the 2004, this bottling has more oak tannin and taste, but with a much lighter body and less heat from the alcohol. Sweet brown sugar and prune blend seamlessly with a light dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg. If you are after an Armagnac on the more delicate side, this should be your choice from a historic estate.

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