Château de Ravignan Bas-Armagnac 1985
Château de Ravignan // Bas-Armagnac, France
Chateau de Ravignan is a historic castle in the Bas-Armagnac region of Armagnac. Grapes have been planted since 1732, and the vineyards surround a church from the 16th century. This land feels out of time, and the brandies produced here have the same noble heritage of Louis the 4th. Because of the estates long run, the armagnacs are never rushed to the market, rather they enjoy a long slumber in the cool, damp cellar. This creates the perfect atmosphere for a natural, gradual reduction in alcohol over the almost three decades they spend in barrel. This is truly a craft affair with under 4,000 bottles made a year.
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 TypeFrench oak
"Ravignan's brandies combine the power and structure of a short stay in new, French oak barrels with the succulent fruit of Armagnac distilled to a low degree of alcohol. The 1985 vintage is a fantastic example that shows soaring (and a bit uncommon) flavors of vanilla bean with a more classic back drop of milk chocolate, prune, and exotic spice. The mouthfeel is rich and decadent -- not surprising for a spirit that has spent 29 years maturing. After a lingering taste of Asian spice and clove, it's apparent that this is world class armagnac."