1995 Château de Briat 20 Year Old Vintage Armagnac (750ml) (Elsewhere $115)

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Château de Briat is operated by the Baron de Pichon-Longueville's great, great-grandson, Stêphane de Luze, who represents the fifth generation of the family to make Armagnac at the former hunting lodge of Henry IV. Distilled from Baco, the house style is a rich and full-bodied brandy that seemingly pays homage to the former king's spirited namesake: Bourbon. It only takes one small whiff of this luscious twenty-year-old Armagnac to get your taste buds salivating. The nose is brimming with caramel, toasted oak, sweet fruit, and a bit of earth. The sweetness is what first lights up the palate, as this 1995 is not nearly as dry or tannic as some of the most rustic editions we've carried over the years. Much like a bourbon, the oak provides ample vanilla and richness right off the bat, followed by more nuanced notes of brandied fruit and wood. What stands out on the finish is how long that pronounced sweetness continues to persist. Whereas many of our best Armagnacs dry out towards the back, the 1995 Briat somehow prolongs that intense richness into a lasting presence of baking spices, oak, and soft caramel. For $100, we'd be touting this as a great deal. But for $69.99, it's a no-brainer. Buy two of these if you can.

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
I have said before that one of the first lessons I learned in the Spirits Department at K&L was that Armagnac was the place to go for aged spirits that are available and will not break the bank. This may be one of the best examples of that lesson, especially for fans of bourbon. First off is the fact that this Armagnac was aged for 20 years before bottling, imagine trying to find a 20 year bourbon these days. More importantly though is the richness and smoothness of the brandy inside the bottle. Swirls of caramel, vanilla, and oak create a perfectly friendly and ready to drink spirit that nevertheless is still balanced and has an elegant finish.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
One of the most crowd-pleasing Armagnacs I've had the pleasure of tasting in some time. The Briat 20 year is a symphony of rich brandy flavor that should astound spirits lovers of all types. While we typically carry a range of Armagnac selections that run the spectrum from woody and earthy to soft and fruity, this 1995 vintage pulls the best elements from both sides and combines them into one perfectly balanced elixir. It's a traditional Armagnac, with spice and power, yet simultaneously an utterly drinkable one with all that richness. For the price, it's an unmistakable deal.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2016 | Send Email
A great selection for Armagnac lovers who want some richness to their brandy. The aromas are interesting because they offer caramel with a subtle nutty, floral and earthy notes. In the mouth it is complex with layers of flavor that are rich and round with caramel and spice. It is full bodied and concentrated yet at the same time elegant and balanced. There is a beautiful long finish.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/22/2016 | Send Email
Yet another perfect example of why smart spirits drinkers should getting to know the beauty of Armagnac (if they haven't already). There are simply no better deals in the world right now than beautifully mature bottlings like this. 20 year old brown liquor just isn't around for $70 anymore unless you find a steal like this. Furthermore this is no run of the mill bottle of Armagnac. The balance of toasted spice, red fruits, sweet oak and caramel brittle is magic. The spirit is obviously showing the benefit of 20 mellow years maturing in oak but also has remarkable life and vibrancy. The complex primary qualities of the distillate have retained their character perfectly making this a really engaging tipple. Buy one for yourself, buy one for a friend, it doesn't get better than this at this price.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/22/2016 | Send Email
Anyone who even remotely likes brown spirits should be jumping all over this. This is a classically-flavored Armagnac with so much richness and lasting sweetness that it should easily crossover to Bourbon and Scotch drinkers. The price, however, is absurd. Even some of our best Armagnac deals at this age, like the Darroze 20 year or the Jean-Bon editions we imported last year, were still $90 or more. At $69.99, this is the same price as our 14 year old Briat exclusive we bought last year and it's six years older! Not only is it older, it's better. This is a spellbinding brandy with luscious layers of oak, vanilla, caramel, and soft fruit. If you're the kind of person who buys one bottle of brandy a year, this is the one. If you're the kind of person who drinks brandy regularly, start figuring out how many you can afford. It won't get any better than this at this price.

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Armagnac

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 44