Review: Armagnac De Montal VSOP / by Jason Hambrey

~7-8 years
Distilled from Wine from Colombard, Folle Blanche, and Ugni blanc
Distiller De Montal (Bas-Armagnac, France)

This Armagnac is readily available in Ontario - in fact, it comes from the largest Armagnac producer in the world. Armagnac de Montal is located in Nogaro, produced from a union of about 60 grape growers in the Bas Armagnac region. The product is specifically produced for the export market.

Review (2016)

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Fruity, with vanilla and spice – somewhat typical of a young and approachable Armagnac, still holding a bit more earthiness and heaviness than the other brandies and cognacs I am tasting in this flight. Light rancio, fig preserves, generic red wine, dried apricots, and prunes. The palate, once again, is somewhat heavy, with lots of dried fruit but also some oak and vanilla. The spices are not as present as I expected. It’s reasonable as an entry level product, but not spectacular. There are also some dried berries in the mix, which lift it all up a bit. Also – on the nose – some floral white wine characteristics.

Value: Low. While not terribly expensive, there are much better Armagnacs out there at a cheaper price, if you can find them (can be hard in some areas).