1986 Chateau de Pellehaut 31 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. Using only new or first fill barrels for the beginning years of maturation, the Armagnacs have richness, weight, and spice. This 31 year old vintage Armagnac is one of the most ridiculous deals we've ever procured from the producer. Huge richness marries with decadent raisined fruit and tons of vanilla from the charred oak. Then, the most curious thing happens: the finish begins to flutter with floral and perfume notes, before completely shedding that skin and moving right back into a textural, raisined fruit finish. It's unbelievable: both the brandy and the price!

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2017 | Send Email
A lot of bang for the buck. The 1986 Pellehaut is a wonderful addition to the selection of Armagnacs at K&L. It has the richness of a Pellehaut but the aging has given it a soft delicate feel. It is complex and a joy to drink.The above I wrote two years ago. It is now more concentrated and still has all of the wonderful aspects that it did two years ago but I think that I like it even better now than I did then.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2017 | Send Email
Vintage Pellehaut is finally back and I have already found my bottle of Holiday Armagnac (provided I can manage to hide it from myself until then, or maybe I should just grab two). The 1986 vintage is absolutely dynamite from a producer that I love. This is perfectly aged Brandy, a little toffee and raisin on the nose with hints of coffee that lead to a surprisingly light palate of milk chocolate pudding with vanilla and dried fruit. Baking spice with a little heat bring about a long finish.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2017 | Send Email
Thirty-one year old hooch for well under a hundred bucks? Yes please. This is exceptional Armagnac. It feels dark and brooding, earthy, sweet, and savory at the same time. Mocha and toffee blend perfectly with a gentle malic note and warm sweet raisins in the sun. The finish is absolutely kicking. It wants you to know it's there. It has dark savory unsweetened baking chocolate and tons of oak spice. It's a wild ride of massive flavor, but seamless and transcendentally smooth.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2017 | Send Email
ow at 31 years of age and at 48%, the 1986 is the big winner of the Pellehaut portfolio. It's better integrated, sexier, more seductive, and all around better than it was years ago when we last had it in stock. Simply put, this is the perfect expression of Armagnac. It has loads of richness, oak spice, and sweetness, but it also has traditional brandy character. It's raisined and round with gobs of fruit on the finish that start quite creamy, but then flutter out into more spiciness. This is the whole package. Distilled from Ugni Blanc.

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Armagnac

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 48