2005 Domaine du Cardinat 16 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 Lalanne's sudden death thrust Patricia's father, Camille into the fields forcing him to leave school and commit his life to the family domaine. Just four years later, Camille planted the first vines at the domaine and his life was devoted to this patient passion. There he worked tirelessly to produce great brandy, but his marketing was almost entirely word of mouth, relying on tourists stumbling upon the domaine and friends and family to 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. The house style is big bold and driven by dense new wood. Even their powerful young brandies have great depth and texture. This youthful brandy, brimming with life and tons of spice, balanced by a considerable amount of sweet fruit. An incredible value by any measure.

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2023 | Send Email
This is a beautiful and nuanced Armagnac, The nose is bright and sweet with hints of savory cooking spices. In the mouth delicate, sweet and complex. It is subtle but very flavorful and a real pleasure to drink.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2023 | Send Email
An outstanding entry point into the wide world of Armagnac, this 2005 vintage boasts a plethora of fruits drizzled in sticky syrup. Dark berries and plums along with a touch of pomelo rind roil at the front of the palate with antique wood and fertile soil coming up just behind. The finish brings out quality French roast and savory oak with a tingle of mint and jus enough sweetness to balance everything out. At this price, you can't afford not to try it.

By: Michael Pires | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2023 | Send Email
The 2005 Cardinat is fantastic and checks off a lot of boxes for me. This Armagnac is rich and toasty with notes of orchard fruit, cola nut, Demerara sugar, and baking spice. Smooth up front with a peppery finish. Armagnac fans will enjoy this greatly, and this is also a great place to start for those Bourbon and Barbados rum fans that are branching out into Armagnac.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2023 | Send Email
Dense, woody, cola-y, minty, and somehow, wonderfully fruity and balanced. This 2005 is just starting to sing and will be a vintage to watch for years to come from Cardinat. At a slamming 51% ABV it delivers what so many crossover fans from Bourbon are looking for - intense oak, high ABV, and yet it is sweet and approachable. Oh, and it's 16 year old spirit for $60 bucks! Something you certainly can't find in American spirits any longer. The last great bastion of value in spirits is Armagnac. The golden age is now.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2023 | Send Email
The quaint little Domaine de Cardinat is run by an assuming young couple, the Singhs, who are quiet, sweet and easy going. Their brandies, however, are the opposite. Bold, brash, intense and full of intensity. This perfect 16 year old version is no exception, punctuated by an undeniable oak character that seems to be the hallmark of Cardinats better releases. Generally, there's not too much work being done on these in the chai so when there's money to buy new oak the eau-de-vie sucks it up and stays put for a while. So we start with some super dense stewed plums, big toasted vanilla, strong cocoa/coffee aromatics pick up with some air. On the palate serious texture and lots of upfront sweetness that quickly leads toward the dry spicy oak we know from Cardinat. Some mint, some dark herbs, some serious tension at this high proof. This is right in there where we love them, over the top intensity but somehow achieving balance in the end.

By: Aaron Hughes | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2020 | Send Email
A slightly estery nose gives way to a core of ripe and pretty fruit when given a little time to settle. There's a good amount of spice and oak on the nose with just a hint of a deeper savoriness. The palate is rich and full with gripping oak spice that encourages small and spaced out sips. Slightly rustic in style in the most charming way possible and absolutely delicious.

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