L'Encantada "Lasalle" 29 Year 1989 Vintage Armagnac
L'Encantada is an independent bottler that started as a bunch of Armagnac loving friends who decided to do something about the fact that there was so much great undiscovered brandy consistently just being sold to negociants (large non producer houses) to be hidden away in boring, young, watered down blends. So they started offering small estates a premium to retain some of their stock as single barrel, cask strength selections for them to bottle in their natural state, without any additives. They quickly made quite a name for themselves, showcasing impressive vintages from previously unknown estates, true Armagnac nerds' Armagnac.
Domaine Lasalle has worked with L'Encantada from the beginning, providing them with lovely, well aged Ugni Blanc brandies that never fail to impress. Distilled on a traditional wood fired traveling column still, this single cask bottling was aged in used French oak for 28 years before being bottled at a cask strength of 50.3% abv. The nose shows wonderful, earthy rancio notes alongside a rich and almost rummy richness. The palate shows rich spices, stone fruits, and toffee, before leading to a long and soft finish.