Delord Bas-Armagnac 1985

Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:
Delord Bas-Armagnac 1985 
Brandy
Score:
86/100 
2, medal, silver icon
 
ABV:
40% 
Region:
Bas-Armagnac, France
Body:
Average 
Intensity:
Soft 
Texture:
Thin
Balance:
Good
Best served:
Grapes:
Neat 
Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard, Baco
 
Theme(s):
Medium-dry, wood, raisin, prune, dark chocolate, spicy (ginger and cloves)
Summary:
A beautifully balanced start delivers soft dried fruit balancing against wood notes of spicy ginger and cocoa that gain dominance towards the end to create an Armagnac with a medium-dry wood laden finish 
 
Tasting notes:
The grapes that make up this fine sipping Armagnac come from the terrain of the much revered appellation Bas-Armagnac. This particular 1985 vintage Armagnac from Delord was bottled on 4 December 2012. 
 
Nose: A herbaceous, almost confectionery, twang (similar to Allens mint leaves) cuts through diverse layers of dried fruit (prune, raisin and dried fig) as dark chocolate develops into sugary after dinner mints. The dried fruit then softens into a fig jam, with notes of lemon and orange rind that shimmer over a backdrop of wood. 
 
Taste: Thin and light, this is a sippers Armagnac – nicely balanced start with soft undertones of fruit that work harmoniously with the wood notes chiming from the oak influence. It is spicy, with shaved ginger and cloves developing with the mouth-drying dark chocolate that was evident on the nose. The herbaceous notes are no where to be found on the palate, and instead the wood takes a dominant role towards the middle-end with (as already noted) mouth-drying dark chocolate and spices burning out the prune and sultana.
 
Finish: Decent and quite dry, nutmeg and ginger remain as the tip of the tongue dries with notes of wood and the aftertaste of an under-ripe persimmon – furry and drying with tart fructose sugars.  
 
Likes:
Complex and a lot to explore
Dislikes:
Bitter and dry twang towards the middle-end, which unbalances what is otherwise a great balanced start  
Price:
$120
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