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January 2017 - Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados & Grappa

January 2017 - Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados & Grappa
This month's Spirits feature is Cognac, Armagnac, Grappa & Calvados

Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados & Grappa Reviews

CHALFONTE VSOP Grande Fine Cognac
93 points
$23.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed fruits and berries, delicate spiced fruitcake, creme caramel, and honeysuckle with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, buttercream, tropical fruits, and flowers finish. A very silky and elegant Cognac with effortless drinkability.
93 points $23.99 Best Buy
Clos Martin XO Armagnac
93 points
$46.99
Clear dark amber color. Toasty, nutty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, baking chocolate, spiced figs, apricot and strawberries, and leather with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long caramelized fruits, nutskin, oak bark, and metallic ore finish. A rich, XO Armagnac with lots of nutty oak and deep fruit flavors.
93 points $46.99
Chateau de Maniban Bas Armagnac
91 points
$135
Clear amber color. Complex, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced raisins and cherry, toffee, sandalwood, and rye pastry with a bright, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long roasted nuts, cola, sweet and peppery spices, and mint cream finish. A nicely layered Armagnac with finely balanced fruit and wood notes.
Chateau de Maniban Bas Armagnac VSOP
90 points
$60
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized figs, citrus and dates, roasted nuts, dried tobacco, and pencil shaving with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long toffee, raisin cake a la mode, mocha cream, and delicate spices finish. An excellent, supple and balanced Armagnac.
Chateau de Maniban Bas Armagnac XO
90 points
$85
Clear copper color. Aromas and flavors of spiced fruits and nuts, toffee, orange marmalade, and nutmeg with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long creme brulee, honeyed fruits, sassafras float, and dusty limestone finish. A rich, supple XO Armagnac for contemplative sipping.
Calvados Coquerel Calvados VSOP
89 points
$39.99
Light amber color. Aromas of roasted and dried apples, fig paste, delicate spiced nuts, and cedar pencil with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long spiced apples and pear in creme Anglaise, mocha, and minerals finish. A rock solid Calvados for sipping or mixing.
89 points $39.99
Calvados Coquerel Calvados Fine
88 points
$26.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried and spiced pear, caramelized nuts, and pepper with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy apples in cream, delicate spice, minerals, and oak finish. A pleasant, easy drinking Clavados with good versatility.
88 points $26.99
Clos Martin VSOP Armagnac
88 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, roasted fruits, and frosted raisin scone with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length tropical fruit in sweet cream, sweet and peppery spices, and milk chocolate finish. A smooth, silky Armagnac sipper.
88 points $39.99
D’USSÉ Cognac XO
88 points
$230
Brilliant copper color. Aromas and flavors of spiced raisins, figs and dried fall fruits, toffee, hint of licorice, and smoked nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a relaxed cedar warehouse, caramel and molasses, and delicate spice finish. A pleasant easy drinking XO Cognac.
Chateau de Maniban Bas Armagnac VS
87 points
$45
Clear dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of yeasty raisin toast, chocolate nuts, cola, and pressed flowers and linseed with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length fermenting fruits, polished wood, nut skin and shell, and tobacco leaf finish. A fully matured Armagnac tailor made for cigars.
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