1992 Domaine du Cardinat 23 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" Bas Armagnac (750ml)

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Domaine du Cardinat has been in the Lalanne family for over a century. Farmer and grandfather of the current proprietor, Patricia Singh, built the family home at the domaine 100 years ago and cultivated the land long before that. In 1935, Joseph's sudden death thrust Patricia's father, Camille into the fields forcing him to leave school and devote his life to the family domaine. Just four years later, Camille planted the first vines at the domaine and devoted his life to this patient passion. There he worked tirelessly to produce great brandy, but his marketing was almost entirely word of mouth, relying almost exclusively on customers stumbling upon the domaine tasting and return each year to place their orders. Camille's daughter, a certified viticulture and oenology specialist, left the domaine to pursue a career in marketing. She returned to work alongside her father a year before his death in 2010. Patricia made the bold decision to continue Camille's legacy accompanied by her husband Mr. Singh. We're lucky she did because their stocks are exceptional. Cardinat is in the tiny village Sarragachies in the western edge of the Gers directly in between the great Armagnac villages of Lannemaignan and Castex. This tiny enclave of Bas-Armagnac represents some of the finest the Gers has to offer, producing brandies of exceptional grace and complexity. Their '92 vintage produced exceptional eau-de-vie, just now reaching maturity. Expect wonderful intensity at stupendous prices.

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2017 | Send Email
This is a rich, full bodied, Armagnac with with an gorgeous, almost oily texture, notes of fig, dried blueberries, roasted chestnuts, cocoa and long finish reminiscent of baking spices.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2017 | Send Email
As we move into the 90s vintages Camille starts to approach a somewhat for forward. The prices of the younger eau-de-vie likely reflect the additional use of new oak and extra work he put into the elevage of these brandies and also the limited production of the small harvest that year. Here we still start with that wonderful shellac and exotic wood nose, but quickly more into sweeter dried fruits and classic baking spices. Sprinkles of fresh cinnamon and nutmeg around fruit an ultra thick fruit compote are what come time mind. On the palate, we're again on the sweeter side of things, but remain balanced, with a big powerful oak spice on the finish. Another lovely example of what Cardinat can do, maybe not quite as outrageous a value as the other two vintages in terms of age, but it easily out shines the price point by a mile. This is the one I'd give to people trying to move over from Whiskey because of the strong oak component and added intensity.

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Armagnac

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 47