Jan 22, 2017

Chateau de Pellehaut 2001 15yo...

Chateau de Pellehaut 2001 15yo (48.6%): And I think this review will close our "malternative" January... I am running out of ammunition here at home. The bottle on my desk is an Armagnac from Tenareze region. Distilled by Chateau de Pellehaut from 100% Folle Blanche grapes and bottled exclusively for K&L Wine Merchants.

Color: Dark amber, chestnut honey. Very thin legs...

Nose: Toasted oak, copper mugs and vanilla. Chocolate milk, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet, creamy and milky... Zante currants, raisins and honey rock candies. Some salty and coastal aromas that I never got from an Armagnac before: Brine, wet sand and rotting wood.

Palate: Thin but extremely creamy and mouth covering texture... Such a beautiful entrance... Vanilla, cream puffs and gentle oak. Mint chocolate chip ice cream, marzipan and custard. Mille-feuille, dried strawberries, eucalyptus and nutmeg. Incredibly gentle compared to Armagnacs from Bas-Armagnac region.

Finish: Dry... Medium long with eucalyptus leaves, cinnamon and cardamom.

Overall: Last month in one of the facebook groups somebody said "That 2001 Pellehaut was the best bourbon I had all year..." It is so true... This is a great Armagnac for bourbon lovers, especially for wheated bourbon lovers. Sweet on the palate but finishes dry with loads of dried fruits and spices. Perfect combination of vanilla, mint and cream. Such a great example for its region... Way more gentle, rounder and more fruity than its cousins from Bas-Armagnac. Actually to be honest today before I posted this review while I was editing my tasting notes I poured myself another glass and raised its score a little. It's growing in me. So happy to have a bottle at home, brilliant stuff...

Price: $50