Review: J. Dupeyron 1975 Bas Armagnac / by Jason Hambrey

39 years, 400 litre Gascon oak casks
Distilled from Wine from Colombard, Folle Blanche, and Ugni blanc
Distiller Ryst-Dupeyron (Condom, France)

The Dupeyron house was founded in 1905, though vintages go back to 1850. That may seem like a long time, but Armagnac has been in business since the 14th century so it's not that early. The brand has even done some independent scotch bottlings with their Captain Burns brand. This is a single cask ("collectionneur"), distilled in 1975 and bottled in 2014 (I'm always unsure of why they always seem to bottle them at 39 instead of 40 years...).

Review (2017)

  • Batch: 1975

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Oat cakes, light dried berries, red currants, and loads of spices. Has that spicy green peppercorn note of many Armagnacs, light anise, cumin, lemon peel, dried mushroom, and lots of oak (unsurprisingly). The palate is lightly tannic, againcontinuing with grain and spice laden notes. Rancio, of course, is there, but there is a bit of bitterness in this which detracts from too much oak. The finish is quite nice, with a balance of cereal notes, dried berries, and rancio. A touch of rubbery and medicinal character, too. The finish is earthy and citrusy. Too bitter, though, sadly.

Value: Low. $150 for a 40 year old spirit is cheap, but this isn’t good enough to my tastes for that money.