Review: Tariquet Le Legendaire Bas Armagnac / by Jason Hambrey

13 years
Distilled from wine from 30% Baco, 40% Folle Blanche, and 30% Ugni Blanc
Distiller Tariquet (Gers, France)

This armagnac is one of the rare ones bottled above 40% - at 42%, and bottled also at natural color, and, though not prominent, is an Hors d'Age Armagnac - though this is one level above Tariquet's Hors D'Age Armagnac. This has done quite well in a number of competitions, and is worth seeking out if you like Armagnac.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

A very different character than laberdolive. Bright, with caramel, fig, and lots of toffee – and also some wax. Apple seed, vanilla, orange juice, apple juice, and spice – mainly cinnamon and some cloves as well. Oak doesn’t hide out either. Complex! Brown sugar and rancio emerge with time. And the oak continues to emerge, with some white grape, too. The palate carries on with a touch of acidity, and pleasing levels of toffee, dates, rancio, oak, and orange. Pleasing earthiness is in the mix, too. It isn’t the richest of Armagnacs (it’s not light either) – but it is very nicely integrated. The finish is lightly tannic with a terrific mix of citrus, rancio, and caramel. And not a bad kind of caramel…

Assessment: Very Highly Recommended.

Value: Average. But it’s creeping up to high, if you don’t mind paying $95.