Armagnac is commonly made from a blend of grapes — four are commonly used, but 10 are approved. What does each varietal add to the blend? To explain, Chateau de Lacquy has created a range of single cask Armagnacs, each made with a single varietal of grape. These three bottlings all hail from the 2007 vintage, and they’re alternately made from 100% Baco, 100% Folle Blanche, and 100% Colombard — all of which tend to be used as secondary grapes in an Armagnac blend after Ugni Blanc. (Two expressions from the 2001 vintage, not tasted here, are also available.)
Ready to take a really deep dive into the world of Armagnac? Let’s go!
All are 96 proof.
2007 Chateau de Lacquy Armagnac 100% Baco – Lots of florals and incense notes on the nose here, with evidence of a hearty barrel char character coming through. Quite sweet but again very perfumed on the palate, there’s a growing note of caramel, balanced by orange peel, with a slight saffron note taking hold late in the game. The finish is balanced but brown sugar and a touch of oak dominate on the fade-out. Very different than the other two brandies in this lineup. B+ [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]
2007 Chateau de Lacquy Armagnac 100% Folle Blanche – More brooding and richer, and closer to what you probably expect a blended Armagnac to taste like. Lightly nutty on the nose with notes of roasted nuts, caramel, and nougat dominant, this is a bolder and quite racy olfactory experience. The palate is creamy and weighty with notes of vanilla, cedar planks, a hint of orange peel, and some baking spice. Incense lingers on the finish, lightly peppery at times and hinting at dark chocolate. A-
2007 Chateau de Lacquy Armagnac 100% Colombard – Very rich and racy, this is the most aggressive brandy of the trio. Citrus and spice on the nose, with lingering notes of potpourri. The floral notes quickly settle down on the palate, where notes of rich drinking chocolate, plum pudding, walnuts, and some barrel char elements linger. The finish is biting but soulful, with a reprise of dark chocolate and a grind or two of pepper. Immersive and fun. A-
each €92 / chateaudelacquy.com