1987 Château de Léberon Armagnac (750ml)

From Armagnac, France
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Review Score: 99V

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This is a philosopher’s Armagnac, at 29 year old the color of dark topaz that keeps unfolding and unfolding in the glass. At first, there are bright and youthful aromas of candied ginger and orange zest, then things turn savory and complex, with cardamom, fallen leaves, campfire, and even a hint of tobacco. On the palate, there’s gingerbread, then deep earth, with notes of sweet smoke. The finish is long and almost emotional. What’s evoked here is the youthfulness and zest gently gilding past toward decaying autumn leaves, suggesting the last bonfire of the year. My clear favorite of the entire tasting. (Ténarèze, 49.9% abv.)

99 points, Jason Wilson, Vinous (Jul 2018)