Friday, February 4, 2022

L’Encantadas XO

Unicorns in the Making: Grab These Collectible Spirits While You Still CanWhile single barrels were generally disqualified from this exercise, this bottler only releases single barrels from a variety of tiny Armagnac estates like Lous Pibous and Le Frêche (with the exception of its excellent XO Armagnac, a blend of barrels usually limited to around 2,000 bottles). If bourbon drinkers are seemingly willing to spend any amount of money on whiskey, the same is not quite true for brandy, even if it’s older, rarer, and assuredly more delicious. (Taste hardly matters for unicorn status — sad but true.) But the tide is slowly turning and two- and sometimes three-decades-aged releases from L’Encantada that used to sell for under $100 and used to linger on shelves for months, are now going for two to three times that and lasting mere weeks in some cases. It’s not hard to think these gorgeous orange-waxed bottles might soon become, cough, the Pappy of Armagnac. -- Vinepair

L'Encantada -- The Armagnac That’s Sneaking Into ‘Bourbon Porn’ - Vinepair

L'Encantada Armagnac XO Lot 3.0..$109.99
1,980 bottles produced
L’Encantada’s XO bottlings contain a selective blending of 4 to 5 barrels, respectively.

XO Lot 3.0 is comprised of five single vintage casks:

  • Domaine Lassalle 1983 -barrel #13
  • Domaine Castillion 1988 -barrel #8
  • Domaine Lassalle 1991 - barrel #11
  • Domaine De Bellair 1998 - barrel #7
  • Domaine De Bellair 1999 - barrel #141

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