Castarede Armagnac Reserve de la Famille "Aged 20 year"
40% ABV, 750 ml
Following distillation, the armagnac is aged for a minimum of twenty years in hand-coopered Monlezun oak casks. Monlezun oak tends to be more tightly grained and richer in tannins as compared to French Limousin oak, and is ideal for a slower maturation process. Once the armagnac has begun aging in the Monlezun oak casks, the casks are stored in Maison Castarède's two cellars. The first cellar, which is situated on the banks of the BaÃ¯se River and is over a century old, enjoys a remarkable isothermic environment as a result of its unique location (a portion of the cognac maturing in this cellar is over 125 years old). The second cellar is situated in Mauléon d'Armagnac and is surrounded by Maison Castarède's vineyards.
After a two decade-long beautyrest, each cask of Castarède Armagnac is brought to proof before being bottled by hand. Castarède Reserve de la Famille 20 Year Old Armagnac has a rich, harmonious aroma of ripe fruits, chewy leather and cinnamon. The aroma gives way to notes of roasted coffee, butterscotch, vanilla and honey on the palate, which are well-balanced by a creamy, vanilla undertone. The finish, which is long and sweet, has a hint of caramel.
"Armagnac is for us much more than our business," says Castarède. "It is our passion and our heritage that we strive to preserve."Castarède Reserve Armagnac represents the culmination of six generations of family experience. Pick up a bottle today!
"Scented deliciously with caramel and cocoa, the luxe palate opens with hazelnut and pecan sweetness layered with figs and candied orange peel. It finishes long with cocoa powder, oak, dried dates and mild spice. Overall, a pleasingly dessert-worthy sipper. 20 years old." Wine Enthusiast 94 Points