Review: Larressingle XO Armagnac / by Jason Hambrey

~10-12 years; black oak casks from Bas- Armagnac
Distilled from Wine from Colombard, Folle Blanche, and Ugni blanc
Distiller Larressingle (Condom, France)

This Gascony spirit is made at the Chateau de Larressingle, built by the bishops of Condom in 1250 - the cellars there now hold aging Armagnac. It's hard to find much on Armagnac online, but this appears to be blended from a mix of grapes from Bas Armagnac (primarily) and Teneraze, and about 10-12 years old, though some sources say it is older than that.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

The nose has apples and lots of spicy oak – green cardamom, cinnamon, brown cardamom – and also being fairly earthy. Apples seeds, maple, vanilla, dried berries – opening up with time. The palate is oaky and dry, with some rancio, dark chocolate, and lot sof dry oak. Prunes, walnuts, dried apples, raisins. Very lightly creamy. The finish is a bit lighter than the rest, and is quite enduring, with lots of oak, orange, and rancio. Also very rich, sweet, earthy. The layering of rancio with the rest of the flavor is enticing. This would be a bit higher if not for a light touch of some nagging caramel and saccharin.

Assessment: Very Highly Recommended.

Value: Average. A really nice product, but $100.