1991 Chateau de Vacquié 27 Year Old Unfiltered Haut-Armagnac (750ml)

SKU #1390626

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 wine or 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. The gorgeous 1991 vintage is by far the most classic offering from Vacquie showing powerful aromas of fresh tobacco, dried plums and exotic wood. Aged in one of Bruno's more humid warehouses, no filtration or reduction was performed before bottling although slight additions of water may have been added during aeration, the lower proof does not negate the incredible depth and complexity of the palate. Like all 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
The excellent Chateau de Vacquié Armagnacs are setting a precedent which I'm not sure can be match elsewhere in the Haut-Armagnac. The region, which is not producing significant quantities of brandy, seems to have been nearly forgotten. Yet sitting on a plateau across from the medieval town of Lectoure one of the most spectacular domaines exists in a class unto its own. The proprietor, Bruno Compagnon, is a former fashion retail executive who has used the domaine as a summer home for decades. Over the last 25 years they've committed themselves to producing ultra-high-quality Armagnacs. Bruno has spared no expense in the production of the Armagnacs, enlisting high-end wine consultants and the region's finest distillers. Now decades later, his son Morgan who is an LA film industry insider, is interested in commercializing the stocks. We've selected two excellent vintages to be highlight the diverse offerings from this special domaine. The 1991 is much more fruit forward than the '98. Big notes of stewed peaches, dark tea, high-end cocoa powder and maple syrup. The palate is lifted, but bold with big baking spice and cinnamon. The oolong tea thing comes back on the back end but not enough to bring it into bitter territory. Ultra-decadent and pretty polished. A very approachable yet very complex offering from this new domaine.

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2019 | Send Email
Oily in the glass and easy on the nose, whiffs of wet tobacco leaf intermingled with vanilla and clove oil. Brown sugar and roofing tar also seemed to tango together but as the dram opened up, the chemical note from the tar slowly dissipated. The initial texture on the palate was creamy and approachable, with a spiced poached pear note coming through followed quickly by red hots and oak. As the liquid receded, a waxy, tannic texture took over and the oak and brown sugar notes seemed to find each other on the dance floor. A fun and easy Armagnac.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2019 | Send Email
This is a beautiful Armagnac that is packed full of drinking pleasure. If I had to sum up this Armagnac in just a few words, I would said that it is pure and pretty. The nose has sweet floral notes that are seductive. In the mouth it is soft and delicate with a nice fruit nuance. It is round and very easy to drink and there is a nice long finish. This should please any brandy lover.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2019 | Send Email
Once I was indoctrinated into the cult of Armagnac, my eyes were opened to the many vintage dated bottlings. This 27 year-old builds on what I tasted from the 20 year old version but there is even more depth and structure here. While I might sip the 20 year old on a Spring evening, this bottling insists on a winter’s night in a library made of dark wood, filled with leather chairs, and surrounded by an endless supply of great literature. The spirit is deep in tone, hyper-complex, a touch smoky, with hints of vanilla, plum fruit, and an effortlessly silky finish.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2019 | Send Email
When I heard the story of Vacquie from our buyer, I didn't know what to expect. Haut-Armagnac is seldom talked about in the domain of high-end spirits, so I braced myself for the first foray into this 100% ugni blanc juice. I was rewarded with one of the most impressive and mouthwatering Armagnacs I've ever had the pleasure of sampling. Extraordinarily rich and surprisingly youthful, this boasts a brilliantly floral and slightly tropical nose. The flavors are full and approachable yet refined and complex. Dried dates, sweet syrup and fruit cobbler play beautifully alongside tremendous spice and a firm but dynamic structure. I was shocked to find this comes in just under $100, fully expecting something in the $120-$150 range. The finish is extraordinarily long, leaving a sense of faceted flavors in a gem-like structure. I couldn't help but pour myself a little more to savor the taste a little longer. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Varietal:

Armagnac

Country:

France

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Alcohol Content (%): 42