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1998 Chateau de Vacquié 20 Year Old Unfiltered Haut-Armagnac (750ml) (Previously $80)

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Easily one of the most picturesque properties in the Gers, Chateau Vacquie has extreme potential thanks to its special terroir and passionate proprietor. There's absolutely nothing typical about Chateau Vacquie or its owner Bruno Compagnon. While the area is not particularly renowned for great brandy, this special domaine has been identified by experts as being of exceptional quality. Most notably Aubert De Villaine, a friend of Bruno's who's personally examined the domaine and declared it be one of the finest in the southwest. Bruno was a successful business person in Paris, but his family estate outside of Lectoure has always been a source of great pride. At one point the estate was one of the largest pear producers in France, but over the decades they've begun to focus on the potential for high quality grape cultivation on the unique terroir surrounding the old house, which was built in the late 1700s. Once Bruno committed himself to producing quality Armagnac he never looked back. His commitment to quality comes through in the fabulous eau-de-vie coming out of the small estate. Probably the most classic and lifted of the three offerings, the 1998 is extremely aromatic with classic Armagnac flavors of dried plums, baking spice and exotic hard wood. Like all the Chateau de Vacquie Armagnac, this is distilled from 100% Ugni Blanc and aged in new locally sourced Gascogne oak.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2019 | Send Email
I first heard about the incredible Chateau de Vacquie through a customer, Morgan Compagnon. His father was a wine and brandy producer at small domaine outside of Lectour. I was skeptical simply because the area is well known for not having much good brandy production, but it was just a little detour from my planned visit with L'Encantada that I couldn't resist exploring the area for our first producer from the region. I was expecting a small little farmhouse and when the GPS took me into Lectour I knew I'd made a wrong turn. I met Bruno at the local supermarket and followed him on tiny dirt roads through the hills across the gorge from Lectoure to find one of the most beautiful properties I'd ever seen. Vacquie was a traditional 17th century chateau surrounded by vineyards and pear trees. Not at all the farmhouse I was expecting. Bruno and his wife were inside having an espresso and we sat and talked about what they did and why I was there. Incredibly cosmopolitan and chic, the couple seemed to feed off each other and my excitement for their beautiful property. I spent the next several hours tasting every single vintage we could get our hands on. Bruno was like a kid in a candy store jumping from place to place insisting I try this or that barrel. We ultimately settled on two vintages that I thought represented the best of what the domaine had to offer. The nose on the '98 is packed full of dark dried fruit, bitter herbs, cacao, coffee, anise, gentian and fudge. It's so dark and intense you worry about the palate going bitter, but the opposite is true. Very rich and textured with the perfect amount of wood sugar to keep it balanced. Long spicy peppery and powerful. This is one that should appeal to nearly any drinker of dark spirit although it's likely too intense for the typical Cognac drinker. An absolutely unbelievable value and a welcome entry to our exquisite portfolio of exclusive Armagnac.

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2019 | Send Email
The younger sibling to the 27 year old from the same house shows a bright and fruity characteristic while still expressing nice wood interaction. On the nose I get dark caramel apple, sundried peaches with tangelo peel, and dried tobacco leaf at the very end. Smooth and sweet on the palate, bright notes of summer orchard fruits hit you while a semi-sweet chocolate note slowly creeps in. The finish starts sweet and silky and then develops a nice spiced pear note. This was such a fun and interesting Armagnac and one that I would recommend to friends and family.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2019 | Send Email
This quality Armagnac is pure and clean and a real drinking pleasure. The nose is expressive, sweet, floral and rich. In the mouth it is delicate but full bodied with round fruit flavors. It is mouth-coating and bigger and richer than the Vacquie 1991. I think that this should please any brandy drinker.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2019 | Send Email
I fell in love with Armagnac while on a trip through France. My travel partner and I were holed up in a hotel in Paris prior to the launch of our journey. After a proper Parisian supper my colleague ordered two glasses of Armagnac for us. While I have enjoyed cognac on occasion the Armagnac just floored me. It was so much more complex and expressive. I’ve been savoring these delicacies ever since. The aromas and palate are subtle here but there is great complexity and persistence. Also, 1998 holds a special place in my heart as that’s the year I got into the wine & spirits industry. I’ve never looked back.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2019 | Send Email
Perhaps more poised and restrained than the decadent 1991 vintage bottling, this Armagnac is by no means lean or lacking in flavor. Instead, it is a powerhouse of caramel, plums and raisins with mouthwatering spice and bright acid. As I tasted more, crumb cake and coffee followed poached pears, countered by vanilla and a hint of pepper. Truly a mind-boggling value from a part of Armagnac few aficionados have ventured. Hats off to Bruno and this magnificent brandy.

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