Domaine d'Aurensan Ténarèze Armagnac 20 ans
Domaine d'Aurensan // Ténarèze, France
In prominent display on the label reads: "Triple Zero." What does that mean? Here, it means no reduction (addition of water), no added sugar, and no addition of colorants. All of these practices are common, if not encouraged, in commercially-released blends, but this is not a commercial blend. Four casks (1973, 1978, 1981, and 1990) were married for their respective qualities. These barrels were not topped up and thus the resulting blend has quite a bit of armagnac aged much over the 20 years that the label implies. The attention to detail does not stop here. The barrels used are from the estate's local forests making these a true expression of the Gascony terroir.
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
"This is a beautiful example of armagnac from the Ténarèze. It sits in the glass with a beautiful mahogany with hints of ruby. On the palate this is a "rancio bomb" with heady flavors of sandalwood, baked prune, candied praline and a long, comforting finish with a touch of spice. Bravo to the Rozès family for a truly astonishing example of armagnac blending. "