Laubade VSOP Bas Armagnac

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.

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2 Responses to Laubade VSOP Bas Armagnac

  1. Damien says:

    Why would you expect the “addition of water”, a translucent liquid, to affect the “appearance”? Seems a bit redundant in a tasting note.

    • citbp says:

      Not quite, if one follows the WSET Diploma Candidate Assessment Guide, page 29 refers … “Due to their high alcohol content, all spirits should form tears (‘legs’) on the side of the glass, and so this is not in fact a particularly relevant or important feature to observe. However, spirits can change in appearance when water is added. With unfiltered, high-strength spirits, you may notice hazy spirals forming in the liquid in the glass” … so this could be mentioned for completeness, the fact that nothing occurs is therefore worth mentioning too, to get into the exam habit as it were. I agree though that it is redundant in many non-loucheing spirits.

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