Armagnac Marcillac Hors D'Age

Highly Recommended 86 /100

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Hors d'Age

Taylor C.

Reviews written: 41 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 86

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French wine, and the concept of terroir, captured my interest early on. Naturally, curiosity took me to spirits, in particular Cognac. Today I'm proud to be a member of the Cognac Expert team managing B2B projects, working on Cognac Expert Originals, and writing bottle reviews for the English Blog. I love to taste anything and everything - rum/rhum, whisky(ey), Armagnac, etc. - but no other spirit grabs my attention quite like Cognac, and all of its subtleties and nuance. Santé !

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Marcillac Hors d'Age

Highly Recommended 88 /100

I recently revisited this Armagnac, which also gave me the opportunity to reflect on the visit to the domaine, where I was first introduced to this Hors d'Age Armagnac. The tasting image is from the Marcillac cellar - absolutely one of the most stunning cellars I've visited, Cognac and Armagnac combined.

First thing is one should be very patient with this Armagnac - time in the glass does wonders. What results are a quite seductive aromas of cooked juicy pear (like pear sauce), caramelized banana, financier, vanilla and spice. There is a spirit nip to suggesting this has some Tenareze character, which it does.

The intense intial attack is tamed by the soft texture the naturally sweet, cooked, and quite dessert-y flavors. It is an Armagnac with nice caramelized flavors, spices, and candied fruit - not so much on bright fresh fruit.

I have previously enjoyed the other vintage Armagnacs in the Marcillac range, but my preference leaned towards the 1995 with its vanilla and apple-cinnamon apple sauce notes. This Hors d'Age is in that same direction but a little tamer and seems to be very well blended. But, one must like this style of Armagnac. If so, tasters are in for a treat at a good value. Good stuff!


  • Banana
  • Candied Fruit
  • Caramel
  • Cinnamon
  • Gingerbread
  • Pear
  • Spices
  • Vanilla



very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet

very smooth very dry
very sweet not sweet

Wood 6/10

Spice 8/10

Fruit 5/10

Flower 1/10

Bottle / Package Design 4/5

Where is the Love? Ordinary Nice Beautiful A sight to be seen!

Value for Money 4/5

Overpriced Low Average Bargain Steal



What aromas do you get when you sniff the Cognac? Do you get hints of fruits or flowers - perhaps it's sweet? Is it intense or rather flat - and most importantly, is the nose coherent to taste and finish? The nose is the most important part when tasting Cognac.



A small sip: Allow your taste buds in the various areas of your mouth to distinguish the different flavours. This part of cognac tasting is described as ‘the palate’. Don’t just swallow it down; allow the liquid to touch all the regions of the mouth. Doing this is necessary as the taste buds pick up contrasting flavours in the different areas of the mouth; on the tip of your tongue to the sides, for example. Take a tiny sip to prep your palate for the sensory experience to come. Take a second larger sip, and gently roll the cognac around, etting it come into contact with every corner of your mouth. Focus on the perceived textural sensations. Are the sensations round and rich or fresh and elegant? Is the overall mouthfeel intense, balanced, disjointed, or lacking presence? In short, how does the cognac feel in your mouth?



Quite simply, what do you taste as you gently roll the cognac around in your mouth? Pay close attention to any flavors of fruits, flowers, oak, and spices - or a complex combination of those elements. Are the flavors cohesive with the Nose and the Mouth, giving a sense of balance and complexity?



The ‘finish’ is the experience you get after you’ve swallowed the cognac. What flavours can you detect? Is it a flat or rough finish and rather sharp, or is it a slight 'punch' you like? How long does the finish last? Also think about overall balance: How does the finish compare to nose and taste?


Overall Impression

Consider the Nose, Mouth, Taste, and Finish simultaneously - the cognac as a whole. Is there cohesion between the four categories, or does the cognac shine in some areas and appear dull in others? Quite simply, is the memory from the tasting experience one that will last your lifetime; is the memory good but nothing extraordinary; or is the cognac’s impact entirely forgettable?


Total: 88/100

  • 80-84: Recommended
  • 85-89: Highly Recommended
  • 90-95: Exceptional
  • 96-100: Superlative
Flat Acceptable Fine Excellent Ethereal Thin & weak Disjointed Balanced Exquisite Bland Ordinary Excellent Spectacular Non-existent, or rough Acceptable Memorable Endless Uninspiring, or rough Ordinary Excellent Memorable
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