Review: Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac VSOP and XO

Montesquiou… man, that is a lot of vowels.

It is also the producer of a lot of Armagnacs. Formerly part of the Pernod family, it’s now being imported by ImpEx, repackaged, and expanding into broader U.S. distribution. We tasted both the VSOP and XO bottlings. Both are 80 proof and made from eaux de vie from Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard, and Baco. Thoughts follow.

Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac VSOP – Very nutty, with aromas of nougat, honey, and fresh cut grass. On the palate, flavors of chocolate malt balls, sweet apple and citrus, vanilla, caramel, and a moderate but well-balanced finish. A classic brandy, richer than young Cognacs and arguably more enjoyable. A- / $50

Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac XO Imperial – Immediately more intense on the nose, and huge in the body, this tastes like a classic old Cognac. Really rich with smoothed fruit, marzipan, milk chocolate, more nuts, and a fantastic balance of sweet and smoldering. Exceptionally drinkable, though the price might be a bit hard for some to swallow. A / $130

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4 Responses to Review: Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac VSOP and XO

  1. I made my mind about Armagnac vs. Cognac in this article
    Cognac vs. Armagnac

    But I agree that armagnac is a very interesting alternative to Cognac!

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  3. I was fortunate enough to be given a bottle of Montesquiou VSOP a few years ago, and was smitten with it. The trouble is I can’t find anywhere it is sold in Canada. Any suggestions? I particularly loved the aroma.

  4. Trev – try winesearcher.com, that will show you where you can order it!

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