Armagnac Jean Cavé 28 Ans Gamme Compte d’Age: Apricots and Orange Blossoms
Wonderfully elegant and easygoing, the Armagnac Jean Cavé 28 Ans Gamme Compte d’Age has been traditionally distilled in a continuous copper still and subsequently aged for a minimum of 28 years in French oak. The wood used for these casks is a particular wide-grained variety found in the Gascon forest, which has been toasted to a medium char to develop rich sweetness and tannins. This type of grain is perfect for creating deep, rich aromas and a generous color in the final product.
Armagnac is a grape brandy produced in the Gascony region of south-west France, between the Adour and Garonne rivers by the foothills of the Pyrenees, as it has been since at least the 15th century. Here, the sand and clay terroir spreads across rolling hills drenched in sunshine during the long summer; the dry Ugni Blanc grapes harvested across this region produce powerful and rustic eaux-de-vie with concentrated flavors. The blending of an Armagnac is a delicate process, undertaken by the Cellar Master who identifies the subtle combinations that best complement each other. The number on the bottle indicates the youngest Armagnac in a blend.
In order to allow the eaux-de-vie to optimally mature, it is vital to closely monitor the cellar environment. The cellars at Maison Jean Cavé benefit from stable humidity and temperatures thanks to an ancient waterway that passes under the floor; with this advantage, in summer as in winter, the casks here can rely on steady maturation. Each release is bottled in the cellar, which means you taste the purest expression of this estate with every drop. As well as blending, the Cellar Master at Jean Cavé takes charge of alcohol reduction by adding ‘petites eaux’ (little waters), a blend of old Armagnac and distilled water.
The team at Jean Cavé work to the principles of Henri Cavé, the fourth generation of the family. With years of skill and passion behind them, they are the guarantors of the estate, making sure that Armagnacs is made here the same way as it was over a century ago. Today, with one hundred and thirty years of tradition passed down, they maintain a range of stock that comprises very old vintages as well as young Armagnacs and blends.
Presentation of the Bottle
With its stunning apothecary-style bottle, the design of this release is strikingly modern. The detailed packaging includes teal blue labels - including an oversized label on the neck - a large natural cork stopper, a luggage tag and embossed glass emblem. The presentation box makes this a perfect gift for any Armagnac lover, or indeed anyone who is celebrating a 28th birthday or anniversary.
How to Serve Armagnac Jean Cavé 28 Ans
Fruity and well-rounded, with a dense bouquet and flavors that evolve delightfully during the taste experience, this is a perfect Armagnac to enjoy in the traditional manner - from a tulip glass, gently warmed in the hand and sipped as a digestif after a fine meal.
Very complex palette of smell and taste. As it is a 28 year old armagnac, do not forget to let it breath in your tulip glass for a quarter of an hour (one year of maturation / 30 seconds of aeration). You will be surprised how the smell and taste evolve after this. I usually do this with my cognacs, armagnacs and single malt whiskies too. Btw, please compare the price of this armagnac with the price of a similarly aged single malt whisky...