January 2017 - Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados & Grappa

This month's Spirits feature is Cognac, Armagnac, Grappa & Calvados
Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados & Grappa Reviews
217975
CHALFONTE
VSOP Grande Fine Cognac
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217814
Clos Martin
XO Armagnac
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217719
Chateau de Maniban
Bas Armagnac
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217721
Chateau de Maniban
Bas Armagnac VSOP
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217722
Chateau de Maniban
Bas Armagnac XO
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217816
Calvados Coquerel
Calvados VSOP
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217815
Calvados Coquerel
Calvados Fine
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217813
Clos Martin
VSOP Armagnac
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217418
D’USSÉ
Cognac XO
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217720
Chateau de Maniban
Bas Armagnac VS
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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