1987 Domaine du Cardinat 28 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. The '87 is a famously productive vintage and the best we tasted from Cardinat. This could easily sell for twice the price without much trouble.


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By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2017 | Send Email
The 1987 is the lightest of the three vintages, showing a bit more elegant and ethereal. Aromas of white flowers and almonds with a palate of roasted walnuts, dried apricots, szechuan peppercorn with a finish that is dry and structured.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2017 | Send Email
We've widely found that the 87 vintage was spectacular across Gascogne -producing some of the most complex and powerful brandies we've tasted. IN no place is this more clear than the western edge of Gers where the soil types are much more similar to Les Landes, as opposed to the more clay driven soils in the rest of Gers, known as Ténarèze. The geology and geography is most similar to that of Baraillon only a 30 minute drive to the north, but Domaine de Cardinat's southern sloping vineyards provide for a very even harvest, as opposed to Baraillon's small parcels speckled across the hills behind the domaine. It's hard to connect the topography with the specific flavors we experience in their products, but Cardinat makes a very ester driven lacquer box style in all vintages. What stands out about the '87 vintages is the wonderful and open fruit flavors and a distinct cola note on the palate, showing more elegance than the other two vintages from this domaine. 87 is briming with complexity and texture, tons of prune, but also some other exotic fruits and a wonderful subtle nuttiness. It may not have the elegance of some of the top houses in Les Landes, but we're getting very close and at a fraction of price of a Domaine De Boingnères or Chateau de Briat. I think this one is probably perfect for traditionalists wanting to experience really authentic high quality Bas-Armagnac.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Armagnac

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Armagnac

Specific Appellation:

Bas-Armagnac