2001 Chateau de la Grangerie 14 Year Old K&L Exclusive Armagnac (750ml)

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Chateau de la Grangerie is a property that was built in the 17th century right next to an old monastery. The church and the housing for its servants was actually built in the 11th and 12th centuries and since the Armagnac is aged inside that facility, it might be the only spirit at K&L matured on hallowed grounds. Like many Tenereze producers, Grangerie distills only ugni blanc for its brandies. However, the sandy and gravel-rich soils are much more like the terrain found in the Bas-Armagnac. They fill about ten barrels a year; two of which are used for Floc de Gascogne and one goes to Pruneau: a prune-flavored brandy made by macerating the Armagnac with the dried fruit also grown on the property. The 2001 is an absolute revelation of baking spices, soft vanilla and pureness of fruit, all perfectly balanced by a gentle layer of oak. At $50, it's instantly one of the best deals in the store with an easy drinkability that's simply off the charts. Sip it straight after a long meal, or mix it into an Old Fashioned in place of Bourbon.

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Price: $49.99
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By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2015 | Send Email
Here's a perfect Autumn evening leisure libation. The delicious aromatics of dried orange peel and vanilla are prominent and followed by a silky mouthfeel with bourbon-esqe spices, apricots and cinnamon stick. What's not to enjoy?

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
To me, this is the type of everyday-drinking Armagnac that will have American whiskey fans thinking twice about their next bourbon pick. When you can get this much spice and charred oak flavor for $49.99, at 13 years of age, simply by walking into the store (no wait lists, no trolling the website 24/7) it's kind of a no-brainer. Grangerie is a storied producer in the region, aging its stocks in an old church that dates back seven centuries. If it's history and tradition that excites you, there's no competition.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2015 | Send Email
I think I'm starting to loooove Armagnac; we've been getting in some insanely delicious bottles for such good values, including this awesome 2001 La Grangerie. Absolutely beautiful with notes of orange zest, dried apricot, and hints of cocoa on the nose. The palate has a fantastic rich texture with flavors of candied peach, apricots preserves, and coriander. I’m enamored with this Armagnac!

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2015 | Send Email
Wow! We knew we had found something special when we rolled up to this at the property back in April. By the way this is one of the coolest domain's in Armagnac - warehousing in an ancient church, blooming wisteria, a proprietor who was as humble as he was kind. Delicious plum preserves being made on site as well. But, when we tasted these 2001s we knew that we wouldn't need that story to sell this stuff. It's just perfectly complex with everything you'd ever want from a young brandy and much much more. Ultra aromatic, dense forward stone fruit preserves, this almost reminds me of old school highland scotch of the highest order. That's the other thing about this brandy, it's got texture. For a lot of the whisky people, we hear that they have trouble getting fully into brandy because they don't get quite the mouth feel they want. That's not a problem here. With a nice 90 proof, the Richness and length are striking and persistent in equal proportions. An incredible value and truly an historic find for us.

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