Review: Janneau 1983 Grand Armagnac / by Jason Hambrey

30 Years
Distilled from 40% Baco Blanc, 20% Folle Blanche, and 40% Ugni blanc
Distiller Janneau (Condom, France)

Janneau is a bit different than many Armagnac producers - rather than the typical traditional single column distillation to about 52%, Janneau has copper pot stills and distills its spirit twice. It is presented similarly to a whisky (and at a decent strength of 43%) - the website might even be mistaken for a scotch whisky website. The distillery itself is in the region of Teneraze, typically known for more robust and less elegant and light armagnacs - but Janneau blends distilled wines from all regions of Armagnac to craft their spirit. Janneau was founded in 1851, and is still in the family, run now by the fourth generation.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: 1983, bottled 2013

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

On the nose, one of the most elegant Armagnacs I have tasted. Dry, with sultana raisins, dried elderflower, dried berries, potpourri, cumin, and light oak. Rancio and hazlenuts are present in the background, alongside dates, nuts, figs, walnut oil, pralines…another winner! The palate continues with dried berries and lots of nut notes – it isn’t overly heavy or earthy – not suprising given the double distillation. The finish is complex, with roasted spice, oak, light tannins, and preserved lemon.

Assessment: Very Highly Recommended.

Value: Low. There is better out there for this price.