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Armagnac Monluc Carafe XO Extra Premium

Highly Recommended 89 /100
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Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Armagnac age
XO
$ 103
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Eye: Deep amber with orange reflections.

Nose: Light scents of wood, followed by rich cacao drifting into soft hints of vanilla. 

Mouth: Fresh and harmonious, well-balanced with nuts and caramelized fruits. Some oak tannins come back towards the finish, adding to the dry fruit notes. 

Description

Armagnac Monluc Carafe XO Extra Premium

The award-winning Armagnac Monluc XO Extra Carafe is a fine example of what outstanding Armagnac represents. Taking home a gold medal at the Concours Générale Agricole 2020, it has received deserved recognition for its excellence. This XO Extra underwent the maturation process in both old and new Limousin oak casks: for the first decade, the eaux-de-vie soaked up rich fruit notes from old casks and then spent a further 24 months in new casks, adding tannins and a clear scent of vanilla. The result is a refined Armagnac with unparalleled elegance and finesse; its strong and rich aromas are certainly representative of a well-aged blend. 

The house of Monluc offers an extensive variety of different products including the famous Pousse Rapière, traditional method sparkling wines, still wines or Armagnacs, Flocs and liqueurs. This brand is a wonderful starting point for those new to the world of Armagnac, as the range includes younger offerings as well as more mature blends and vintage Armagnacs.

Situated in the heart of Gascony, the area surrounding the Château de Monluc has been inhabited continuously since Neolithic times, with the castle evolving over centuries from the original wooden watchtower to the imposing walled mansion that it is today. Back in the 16th Century, the castle was home to Blaise de Monluc (1500 - 1577), a Gascon captain who distinguished himself during his long military career to obtain the office of Marshal of France at the age of 74, in gratitude for services rendered for no less than five different kings of France. These days, it is home to the fifth generation of Armagnac producers, expressing a passion rooted in terroir and history. With the ardour of a Gascon captain, here they aim to help people discover and appreciate the art of Armagnac for years to come. 

Presentation of the Decanter

The 70 cl dazzling decanter matches its A-list quality, boasting a silver stopper and elegant presentation box featuring mirrors which shows off this bespoke bottle from all angles. This one-of-a-kind design is sure to take pride of place in the drinks cabinet; the design alone is a great conversation starter before you even move onto tasting the liquid inside. 

How to Enjoy Armagnac Monluc XO

First, relish the Armagnac for all of its rich aromas and take it on the nose. The taste of this expression works in conjunction with your nose; begin slowly and gently as the aromas are revealed. Swirl it gently in the glass to release further development of the aromas. The personality of Armagnac Monluc XO Extra is rich and flavorful - drink it neat to allow the bouquet to dance freely on your nose and palate.

Awards

Concours General Agricole Paris 2020 - Gold Medal Award

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