L'Encantada Louis Pibous Bas-Armagnac
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L'Encantada Louis Pibous Bas-Armagnac - 1993

Item # 41146 750mL
$254.96/ Single Bottle
$3059.52/ Case of 12
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52.70%
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Tasting Notes

Louis Pibous has emerged in certain circles as simply one of the finest of all Armagnac producers. But sadly Pibous has passed on and the remaining stocks, owned by L'Encantada, are some of the most prized in the brandy world. Being able to select and have an entire single cask bottled for us seemed unthinkable until it happened. The complexity here is hard to describe but the flavors run the gamut. There is everything from hibiscus, peonies, apple cider doughnuts, chocolate hazelnut bread, earthy forest scents, rancio, almond butter, sweet tobacco, preserved cherries and more. This Astor exclusive comes from cask #117, from eau de vie distilled in 1993, aged in a dry cellar for 25 years, bottled at cask strength, unfiltered and with zero additives. Total yield for the cask was 276 bottles and each bottle is numbered. Once its gone, its gone forever along with another little piece of the Pibous legend.


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Staff Pick Notes

What can I say that was not covered in Nima's wonderful buyer's note or Amy's right one the money staff pick? How about "it's butter and syrup, and I want to put it on my pancakes." Well, not really, but I have your attention now. It is like syrup in the best possible way. It's thick and concentrated with layer upon layer revealed over time in the glass with the addition of a couple drops of water. Name the confection, it's in there with wood and leather and I am just scratching the surface. And it is like butter in that even at a relatively high proof it is not harsh or hot, its smooth like butter baby. This is truly a spirit to sit with and ponder, with more flavor revealed in each sip.

- JGM

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