L'Encantada Domaine Lous Pibous 1996 20yo...

L'Encantada Domaine Lous Pibous 1996 20yo Single Cask #188 (53.6%): For some unknown reason this bottle was collecting dust in my cabinet for some time. Well, no bottle should be left uncorked... Sounds like a fun plan to work on this weekend. It's a 20 year old single cask distilled by Domaine Lous Pibous from 100% Folle Blanche grapes, aged in new French oak casks and bottled by L'Encantada exclusively for K&L Wine Merchants. The cask yielded 372 bottles at cask strength.

Color: Red mahogany, chestnut honey color with a thin ring of teardrops around the glass hesitantly starting very slow thin but oily legs.

Nose: Damson plums, grape molasses and kriek lambic. Black cherry soda and dusty and damp basement rugs. Dry wood, vintage record sleeves and rose petals. After airing it a little and also a couple drops of water later: Candied figs, Werther's Original hard candies and lightly roasted coffee beans. 

Palate: More spicy less fruity upfront. It actually feels older than 20 year old... Aged balsamic vinegar, old oak staves and allspice. Prunes and dried quince slices. Dark chocolate with cacao nibs, freshly brewed espresso, cinnamon and ground cloves. After some time in the glass and adding water: Dried papaya slices, Maraschino cherries and cranberry juice. Black table grapes...

Finish: Long and with a little tingling sensation on the tongue. Cola, rooibos tea and cardamom.

Overall: It's thick and dense, very syrupy, tart, sweet and fruity. It's more like an end of the night kinda brandy or to pair with a heavy dessert like a sticky toffee pudding or molten chocolate cake. In the end I pretty much loved it... Also kinda relieving to see that it's actually not an every day brandy. Now I know that I can make this bottle last pretty long.

Price: $150