Pellehaut Armagnac Ténarèze Reserve
Château de Pellehaut // Ténarèze, France
The Armagnac region Ténarèze often is unfairly called a second fiddle to its more famous neighbor, Bas-Armagnac. Take advantage! This is the land of well-priced, authentic brandy and the Chateau de Pellehaut produces a favorite Reserve blend that is quite serviceable on its own, but also has enough armagnac character to make an astounding selection of cocktails. In France a bit of club soda may do, but think of the deliciousness that an Armagnac Old Fashioned or Sidecar would provide. As is typical in the region, ugni blanc is the main grape variety, but there is a touch of folle blanche in the mix.
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 shows a bit differently from the other vintage Pellehaut currently on the market. The addition of folle blanche to the blend gives a yellow flower and chamomile tea character that doesn’t appear to be found in the vintages. The addition of water to lower the alcohol to 42.5% also lowers the general viscosity and eases some of the grippy oak tannins that older expressions show. All of this being said, this makes for an excellent introduction to the category, but may be a hair too soft for dyed-in-the-wool armagnac fans. They should seek out the very good 1989 vintage for around 20 dollars more a bottle. "