DOMAINE D’ESPÉRANCE 17 ans Petit Lot Version Française Antipodes


Domaine de l’Espérance is in Mauvezin d’Armagnac, at the border of the Gers and Landes areas of Grand-BasArmagnac. It was bought by Claire and Jean-Louis de Montesquiou in 1990 in order to be redesigned and expanded. 30 hectares of the 50-hectares estate are planted with grapes for winemaking, while the remaining 20 hectares are planted with Folle Blanche, Baco 22 A and Ugni Blanc for distillation. Produced from a blend of the Folle Blanche and Baco grape varieties and the three vintages 2003, 2004 and 2005, this version reveals intense fruity and spicy flavours and aromas. Exploring the world of herbs and spices, it proclaims a strong and original personality.

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Tasting Notes

Colour : Burnished gold with copper tinges.

Nose : Rich, concentrated. The first nose is characterised by notes of wax and toffee, as well as being exotic (mango, yellow kiwi) and vanilla. Allowed to breathe, peach and apricot stone fragrances pair harmoniously with strong spices (ginger, clove). Aromas of precious wood (oak) and heady florals (honeysuckle) then gradually take over.

Palate : Lively yet well-balanced. Combining curry, lemon and raisin, little by little the attack becomes honeyed (lime blossom, pine), fruity (almond) and chocolatey. The herbaceous (nettle) and rich (fennel, celery) mid-palate is smooth. The end of the palate is dominated by flavours of juicy, almost candied white grapes, prune and toasted walnut.

Finish : Long, distinguished. The very energetic start of the finish reveals numerous aromatic plants (chervil, bay leaf, sorrel). The spicy end of the palate (cinnamon) wavers between flavours of prune flan and mocha coffee. The retro-nasal olfaction is at once liquoricey, fruity (wild peach, apricot, nectarine), roasted (coffee) and infused (red tea). The empty glass is sandy (boulbènes).

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Weight 1.000 kg


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