Armagnac Jean Cavé 10 Ans Gamme Compte d’Age: the Beauty is in the Details
Distilled from Ugni Blanc grapes in a traditional continuous still, the Armagnac Jean Cavé 10 Ans Gamme Compte d’Age is a relatively young Armagnac aged for a decade 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 its sweetness and tannins perfectly. The wide grain allows for accelerated movement of the spirit in and out of the wood, creating great depth of flavor and a well-developed aroma.
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. The terroir here is a mixture of sand and clay, spread across rolling hills drenched in sunshine during the long summer - resulting in dark, rich and rustic eaux-de-vie with concentrated flavors.
Aside from monitoring the maturation of each cask, the Cellar Master also takes charge of alcohol reduction by adding ‘petites eaux’ (little waters): a blend of Armagnac and distilled water. He draws on his experience and an ancient savoir-faire, facilitating the union of eau-de-vie and wood to create unique and original Armagnacs worthy of the highest craftsman. In order to preserve the decades of perfumes, aromas, finesse and expression in the eaux-de-vie, it is vital to closely monitor the cellar environment. The Jean Cavé cellars benefit from stable humidity and temperatures thanks to an ingenious waterway that passes under the floor; with this advantage, in summer as in winter, they avoid any sudden changes in the cellar environment, allowing for steady maturation. Each release is bottled in the cellar, which means you taste the purest expression of this estate with every drop.
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 their Armagnacs are made the same way as they were 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 as well as young Armagnacs and blends.
Presentation of the Bottle
Shown in a stunning apothecary-style bottle, the design of this release is strikingly modern. The detailed packaging includes gold labels, including an oversized label on the neck, a large natural cork stopper, a luggage tag and embossed glass emblem. This is a great conversation piece worthy to stand front and centre of any Armagnac collection.
How to Serve Armagnac Jean Cavé Exception 10
We recommend trying this flavorful Armagnac after dinner, paired with Turkish rosewater baklava or tarte aux amandes. Pour into a tulip glass and let it rest for 30 seconds or so before taking a sip - this will allow the aromas to fully develop, giving the optimal drinking experience.