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Staff Pick

Domaine d'Ognoas XO Astor Armagnac

Item # 33529 750mL
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Tasting Notes

The proprietors of Domaine D'Ognoas live by the words, "Flame, Mystery, Patience". And to them these words perfectly define what great Armagnac stands for. Located in Arthez d'Armagnac—in the heart of Armagnac's premier growing region—this estate puts its money where its mouth is using the oldest still in Gascony circa 1804 to distill their eau de vie, tending all of their vines along with their team of local apprentices and exclusively using oak from old trees found on their sprawling 350 hectares estate for the casks that age their brandy. This batch of 10-year-old XO was bottled exclusively for us as a classic example of old school Armagnac. Notes include maple wood, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate, sultanas, yellow peach, vine flowers, forest floor, caramel, and sweet spices. Takes a bit of time to open up in the glass but this gorgeous spirit generously rewards the patient imbiber.

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Staff Pick Notes

Whenever I drink good brandy (Armagnac especially) I always feel like I’ve been transported into a 1920’s novel. I get the urge to walk down a cobble stone street or through a park at dusk and wax romantic. What is good brandy you ask? Good brandy comes from patient producers and equally patient drinkers. Give this 10 year old Armagnac the time and you’ll get lost in it. Honeycomb, cider, and toffee come tumbling out of the glass right away, but as the brandy develops you’ll get roasted coffee, caramelized nuts, and maple resin. Brandy is a muse on tap. Pour yourself a healthy snifter and you may find yourself gamboling down the street looking for a sunset.

- SD