Pellehaut 1983 Armagnac Ténarèze
Pellehaut // Ténarèze, France
Pellehaut is a fairly large polyculture farm in the rolling hills of the Ténarèze region in Armagnac. Here, cattle and grain join grapes destined for both table wines and a superb collection of vintage and non-vintage spirits. In the 1983 bottling, the only grape used is ugni blanc, making this a somewhat rare monovarietal armagnac. Brandies from Ténarèze can be famously hard in their youth, but this is a mature, giving example with over 30 years in cask.
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
"This has a beautiful mahogany color with scarlet highlights -- indicative of the non-manipulation by any additions including dilution by water. The bold, zesty, citrus character of the armagnac is amplified from a brawny 47.8 degrees of alcohol, but the long aging has also given the brandy a nutty, rancio flavor leading to excellent balance. This a powerful spirit -- perhaps a bit much for newcomers to the category, but a very rare treat for the initiated."