Armagnac – Baron de Castelneau 10 Ans d’age
First tasting note at my blog I dedicate to 10yo armagnac Baron de Castelneau. I could not fin much information about this speciffic bottle at Web so let’s just go straight and analyze the label.
“Napoleon” is an age statement of a drink but not widely used among armagnacs. The “Napoleon” sign is most common on cognac labels and it indicates aging in oak casks for at least 6 years. However, label of Baron de Castelneau has its own age declaration “10 ans” which means the youngest ingredient of this blend has at least 10 years. As the label says cask filling date was December 2005 and date of bottling 3 May 2017. In other words, this armagnac is 11 y 5m old ! Simirarly, a whisky producer would place adequate info on his label for sure. Label shows also cask (5/010) and bottle (1593/7600) numbers as well as name of the cellar master who mixed this fine armagnac.
The most interesting aspect for me is the region of origin of this armagnac. It seems that it contains distillates from Bas Armagnac and Tenareze, which of course is possible due to mixed nature of this liquor.
Time for tasting.
The aroma is not particularly volatile, thus it is sweetish and pleasant.
Nose: in the foreground raisins, dried fruit, vine leaves, somewhere further malaga, toffee and oak.
Mouth: again raisins, more noticeable toffee and floral.
Finish: small surprise here – there is black tea and tannins that last on the back of the tongue, spiciness and dried fruits.
Undoubtedly, I feel that this is a relatively young armagnac, but I’m happy with this tasting. In my opinion, you can easily use it to make the day or evening more pleasant.
I decided to score on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is an absolutely unfit beverage, and 10 pure ambrosia. I think that this way of evaluating will be more accessible than the 100 point scale. The “10-yo” Baron de Castelneau 10 receives from me a solid 4.75 / 10 (which absolutely does not mean that it would be 47.5 / 100).