Chateau de Leberon 1986 Armagnac Ténarèze
Chateau de Leberon // Ténarèze, France
Chateau de Leberon is the sister estate to Domaine d'Aurensan. Both are unbridled examples of the Ténarèze except with a heavier clay soil at Aurensan and a better draining limestone of Leberon. The result is a bit of a brighter and perhaps more exotic character with Leberon. All of this nuance is un-obscured by any addition of water or flavoring/coloring agents.
ArmagnacBrandy distilled in a delimited region within France from specified grapes . Typically, only single-distilled, but not required. Aged in oak. Minimum aging: if VS-1 year (2 years, if exported), VSOP-5 years, XO-10 years (as of April 2018. Previously 6 years), Hors d’Age-10 years.
Cask TypeLocal Gascony Oak
"The Leberon armagnacs have a very deep, brown pitch -- absolutely impressive especially considering there is no caramel coloring. The nose follows with a deep, nutty profile. At 29 years old, this is no infant, but there is a youthful spike of acidity that adds a nice structure to the more autumnal flavors. At only 44.7% alcohol, the finish is rich without leaving much of a burn. The natural reduction of alcohol is facilitated by keeping barrels only partially full to promote interaction with oxygen -- this practice also softens the wood tannins and improves the finish."