Chateau de Laubade, VSOP, AOC Bas-Armagnac, Gers, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France
This spirit: VSOP – the youngest spirit in the blend is at least 4 y.o., aged in Gascony oak, 40% abv, 3cl, Drinks by the Dram, £5.17 (12/17)
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, with aromas as they come, of fresh fig flesh, prune, vague dried citrus, faintly floral, and a faint whiff of plasticene; matured. The addition of water makes no difference to the appearance.
Palate: dry, smooth alcohol, full body, velvety texture, medium intensity, with flavours of a low-key sweet-seeming nature, of dried citrus and a touch of vanilla and woodiness. A medium length, showing some complexity.
Quality: good, well-integrated alcohol, altogether harmonious, showing some complexity and a modest length. The rich prune-like note is expressive of armagnac.