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    Armagnac recommendations please?

    Can anyone help me out with a recommendation or two for some good Armagnac that should be readily available in the US market? I'd like to buy a gift for a bourbon drinker. We've dabbled a bit in the cognac/armagnac arena, but don't have any brand knowledge. I'm lookiing for value, so price isn't important on its own but must be commensurate with quality. If I go into the liquor store blind I'll probably grab an XO or Hors d'age, but if you love a particular VSOP let me know. Thanks in advance. -Jim

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    Re: Armagnac recommendations please?

    For armagnac I like Château de Laubade.
    They have a VSOP, but I really liked their 1967!

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    Re: Armagnac recommendations please?

    Any particular price point?

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    Re: Armagnac recommendations please?

    I've had both the Delord XO 15 and Tariquet VSOP and found them both to be very complex and enjoyable pours.
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    Re: Armagnac recommendations please?

    Marie Duffau Napoleon Armagnac is quite good and is available in Pennsylvania for about $32.

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    Re: Armagnac recommendations please?

    Quote Originally Posted by jpact View Post
    Can anyone help me out with a recommendation or two for some good Armagnac that should be readily available in the US market? I'd like to buy a gift for a bourbon drinker. We've dabbled a bit in the cognac/armagnac arena, but don't have any brand knowledge. I'm lookiing for value, so price isn't important on its own but must be commensurate with quality. If I go into the liquor store blind I'll probably grab an XO or Hors d'age, but if you love a particular VSOP let me know. Thanks in advance. -Jim
    I like Larressingle VSOP. A little rough around the edges, but definitely not easily-mistaken for Cognac.

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    Re: Armagnac recommendations please?

    Chateau de Briat...Hors D'Age, Tariquet 1985, or The Delord X.O. would all be nice.

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    Re: Armagnac recommendations please?

    I stopped int he store last night and of everything listed so far I only saw a Tariquet. It was a cask strength (55&#37 8-year old for around $55-60 I think, but didn't say VSOP on the label anywhere. Is this one in the same?

    Edit: Oh yeah, I did see Larressingle VSOP as well.
    Last edited by jpact; 07-07-2009 at 16:25.

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    Re: Armagnac recommendations please?

    Quote Originally Posted by jpact View Post
    I stopped int he store last night and of everything listed so far I only saw a Tariquet. It was a cask strength (55%) 8-year old for around $55-60 I think, but didn't say VSOP on the label anywhere. Is this one in the same?

    Edit: Oh yeah, I did see Larressingle VSOP as well.
    What did it say on the label? I've liked all the Tariquet I've been able to taste.

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    Re: Armagnac recommendations please?

    I was recently lured into purchasing a bottle of 1996 Darroze Bas-Armagnac Dupont at the princely sum of $99. I pulled the trigger despite the price because I was quite excited about it being cask strength (51.1% ABV), single barrel, non-filtered, and non-colored! In my very limited brandy expereinece, specs like these are quite rare! Sounds like some of our best American whiskeys no?

    Nevertheless, I was a little let down. I was and still am impressed with the "specs" but it was still a little too hot and feisty for me. The only thing I can think of is that at only 11 years old (I saw "only" because that is somewhat young for french brandies) it probably needed more time in the barrel. I know that armagnacs in general are more feisty than cognacs, but this seemed even more so compared to the few other armangacs that I have sampled.

    Too bad my wallet didn't didn't let me pony up for the 15-25 year old versions from the same producer!
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