2000 Chateau de Pellehaut 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive Vintage Tenareze Armagnac (750ml)

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While Bas-Armagnac gets all the press, and the Haut-Armagnac gets completely ignored, the Tenareze region of Armagnac is quietly producing some of the best brandies in the world. Much like the Borderies region in Cognac, the Tenareze brandies seem to have more fruit and a bit more life than the more classic Armagnac style. We visited Chateau Pellehaut on our first day in Armagnac last January and were completely overwelmed by the quality of spirit. Using only new or first fill barrels for the beginning years of maturation, the Armagnacs have richness, weight, and spice. The 2000 vintage still showcases plenty of fruit despite the 17 years of age. It's lighter on its feet than the 96 or 2000 vintages we also carry, with bits of pencil shavings and wood spice, balanced by the fruit of the Folle Blanche. A fantastic value that melds old world flavor with the freshness of a new world spirit.

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2017 | Send Email
The 2000 Pellehaut is made from 100% Folle Blanche grapes.It is lively and delicious with a long finish and is medium bodied with under tones of spice. What I think makes this 2000 Pellehaut stand out so well is its balance and elegance that has a touch of richness.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2017 | Send Email
This may be my other favorite in the vintage Armagnac to come through from Pellehaut and a reminder to me as to why I was drawn to Armagnac originally. Dried fruit notes with milk chocolate and a little cola in the nose blossom into a wonderful palate that includes a mixture of vanilla, toffee, cola, and plums. The balance of fruit to wood notes here are just about perfect and make this another one to hide until the holidays (or enjoy during our damp and foggy nights here in San Francisco).

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2017 | Send Email
Tasting this next to the 2001 is eye opening. It's an incredible lesson in the mystery of spirits. Only one year apart and made from the same 100% Folle Blanche, this 17 year old brandy is dark and cocoa laced. The nose seems understated after the jumpiness of the '01, but if you work for it, you'll pick up on the tremendous nuance. The sweet fruit has taken a back seat while the wood moves up front. Dark chocolates and spices complement the vanilla from the barrel.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2017 | Send Email
Now at 17 years of age and at 49.7%, the 2000 vintage—like the 2001—is also distilled from Folle Blanche, but it couldn't be more different in its flavor profile despite being just a year apart. This one is for bourbon drinkers as it's loaded with oak, peppery spice, woody richness, and lots of vanilla on the finish. This is very much like an American whiskey, and quite a delicious one at that!

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Armagnac

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 49.7