Friday, October 28, 2022

Marie Duffau Bas Armagnac


Marie Duffau Bas Armagnac Napoleon...$33.99 / 750ml
Flavors of cocoa, orange rind, cake batter and vanilla. Soft tannins on the finish and a touch of rancio to come. Min. 6 years old.
90 points "Rich brown sugar is complemented by toasty baking spice on nose and palate. Each sip trails off into vanilla bean and cocoa powder, plus a final dusting of hot spices. Best Buy." (Wine Enthusiast, 2021)
92 points. "Excellent, Highly Recommended" (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2011 & 2012)
"'...creamy textured and semi sweet....' Five Stars, Highly Recommended / Best Buy" (P. Pacult, Spirit Journal)
Top 50 Best Buy Spirits 2006 & 2007. "Highly Recommended / 90-95 / Best Buy"
(Wine Enthusiast)

Marie Duffau Bas Armagnac Hors D'Age 12yr...$49.99 / 750ml
Rich flavors of toffee, old oak, pitted plum and raisins; elegant rancio and long round finish. Min. 12 years old.
Chairman's Trophy, 97 points, Great Value
“12 years of age have tamed this brandy’s rough edges resulting in a rich, toffee-laden spirit with hints of baked citrus delightful to sip on its own and arguably the best partner for chocolate toned desserts.” (Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019)
4 stars, Highly Recommended
"Sienna color; ideal purity. Initial whiffs pick up BBQ sauce, tomato paste, red cherry compote, white raisins, and black peppercorn; secondary inhalations find an oakier bouquet, one that's piquant with baking spices (allspice, nutmeg) and dried fruits (dates especially). Entry is supple in texture, zesty from the peppercorn aspect, nicely woody / sap-like, and akin to holiday fruitcake elements, especially the candied nuts and dried pineapple; midpalate echoes the entry impressions while adding a touch of cola nut for balance. Aftertaste highlights the cola nut, the Dr. Pepper aspects, turning semisweet. This Bas-Armagnac has lots of moving parts that get into sync in the finish. (Paul Pacult, The New Kindred Spirits 2021)
94 points (Wine Enthusiast, 2012)
"Ultimate Recommendation 95 points" (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2010)
"Top 10 Best Armagnacs" (Wine Enthusiast, 04/2007)

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