1987 Fitte et Laterrade 31 Year Old "Domaine Le Chaou" Bas-Armagnac (750ml)

SKU #1404351

The dense, powerful character of the Domaine Le Chaou is the result of 30+ years in new oak with absolutely no intervention by the producer whatsoever. These two casks were located by the proprietor of Fitte et Laterrade by pure chance. The little domaine had distilled a tiny bit of Armagnac nearly two decades ago. The farmer who grew the grapes, proud of his work in the fields, spent a considerable amount of money to purchase new oak for the 300 liters or so of eau-de-vie that he managed to squeeze out of his tiny estate. There they sat, occasionally consumed by friends or family, but otherwise undisturbed in the farmer's small chai. When Vincent purchased the casks he had spent the whole day tasting other producers and was astonished by the unique powerful brandies coming from Le Chaou. He was completely flabbergasted when he received the barrels weeks later to find that he'd purchased two of the most intense and powerful brandies he'd ever tasted. It's a style that's not easy to commercialize in France, as they're consumers looking for an easier, sweeter profile, but the moment we tasted them we knew that we had have it all. We purchased the stocks in their entirety and believe that these two casks will go down in K&L history as some of the most memorable and delicious Armagnacs we've ever sold. Those expecting a more typical style of Bas-Armagnac, where elegance and grace is the focus, be warned. These two brandies are powerhouses like few we've ever tasted before.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2019 | Send Email
These wild single cask Armagnac represent some of the These wild single cask Armagnac represent some of the most unique and powerful brandies we've ever tasted. Hailing from a tiny domaine in the "Grand Cru" village of Perquie, this producer received a single cask each vintage he worked harvesting grapes for the famous Domaine de Charron. The powerful and oak driven style of brandy is exactly what most modern Armagnac producers are trying to avoid. The powerful esters of the alembique column stills mixed with 30 years in new oak, create a completely unique example of what the rustic brandies of Gascogne can be. This is the real deal, old school, in your face style of brandy that is simply not available outside of the few tiny farms that continue to make this style for home consumption. The 87 is savory in a way that the 88 is not. The color is an identical shade of reddish mahogany, but the nose goes in different direction! Tanned hide, sweet herbs, fresh roasted coffee, red currants, wild honey and lacquer box. The palate has a freshness that contrasts the deep savory quality of the nose. An almost tangy acidity carries through the structured palate moving toward those tangy red fruits in a very unusual way. The spicy peppery oak builds on the finish. Shockingly different from its sibling, this strange balance between zippy structure and tense savoriness. An all together exhausting and wonderful experience.

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2019 | Send Email
The lower abv on this one seemed to allow more access to subtler notes than its younger sibling. Immediately after the spirit hit the glass I got notes of roasted coffee, chocolate cake, burnt rubber and something fruity that was hard to put a finger on but I landed on quince. The palate was exceptionally smooth upfront and just as sweet. Oak was apparent but then flavors of baking chocolate and deeply roasted (slightly singed) raspberries showed up. The finish was long and smooth with chocolate covered pears leaving you with a warm and comforting taste.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2019 | Send Email
This Armagnac is imported by Charles Neal which means that it is unique, interesting and of high quality. The nose is interesting with dark earthy and mushroom aromas. In the mouth it is full bodied and rich with rustic earth and dark fruit flavors. I first tasted it without water but then added about 2 drops of water which opens this Armagnac up, expanding the flavor profile and adding a creamy element to the mouth feel.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2019 | Send Email
What can I possible say about this Armagnac that the bottle doesn’t already say for itself. Though a beast of a beverage, it’s amazingly light and ethereal on the palate. It defies gravity with its first impression. Based on the aromatics you expect this mighty brooding cocktail, instead you get a fine-tuned high-performance racing vehicle dashing across your tongue. If ever you’re requiring a world class drink to celebrate another successful day on earth, this is it. This is a fine as they come.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2019 | Send Email
Wow, what an Armagnac! This 30 year old is bursting with dried apricot, figs, a bit of butterscotch, and toasted almonds. Magnificent elegance and finesse swirl from the glass. This is among the richest Armagnacs I've ever tasted. With plenty of sweetness on the palate, it still has wonderful power and warmth going down. And that pop of vanilla, drying oak, walnut, and cinnamon really accent the long finish. This is a must have for anyone who enjoys the brown spirits!

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2019 | Send Email
Remarkably bright and fresh by comparison, the fruit and acid show more in this bottle than in its 1988 counterpart. Dates, dried berries, cinnamon and a pleasant herbal whiff paint a more complex and nuanced picture here, still supported by strong vanilla and barrel spice. The oak feels less intense, though by no means delicate. There is simply more to appreciate in this bottle. Apricot and citrus are ever-present, but the finish is less bitter and feels more deft. Truly an impressive bottle, and hard to believe they would part with such marvelous brandy for such a low price.

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