Armagnac- Cles des Ducs V.S.O.P. – tasting
After a short break caused by sinusitis I carried out another tasting. This time I tried a younger armagnac classified as V.S.O.P.
The production of Cles des Ducs is historically connected with a small town of Panjas in Gers department. Master distiller Paul Baylac began production in 1774 and the distrillery is still working.
To get more familiar with Castarede I highly recommend visiting the official site at: www.armagnacs-clesdesducs.fr/about
There’s a lot of information given in French and English.
Distilery uses mainly ugni blanc grapes and the distillates are aged in new oak barrels only three to four months. After the first aging process distillates are poured into previously used barrels to aviod to much oak in the palate.
Cles des Ducs V.S.O.P. won the following prizes:
- Brussels – gold medal in 2011 and silver medal in 2009 and 2010 in Armagnac VSOP category;
- Paris – silver medal in 2014 and 2015 in Armagnac VSOP category;
- Eauze – gold medal in 2010 in Armagnac VSOP category.
The aroma is not too volatile.
Nose: not very intense, slightly alcoholic, floral, lavender, roses and a bit of plums.
Mouth: taste is rather flat, sweet, flower/lavender, a bit of ripe mango and just a touch of raisins.
Finish: short, bitter, tannins, apples and dried fruits.
Great place in Sopot.
During my holiday trip I visited Sopot. On this occasion I could not miss a great bar Cocktail Bar Max & Dom Whisky (Grunwaldzka Street 1-3) located near beautiful boardwalk in the city center.
Choice of liquors (mainly whisky) is really impressive. Bartenders prepare unique drinks and cocktails. It is worth to see and taste of course.