The Distillates Cask Picks No.1 and No.2
The Distillates is delighted to bring you a very limited bottling of two unique Armagnacs from Domaine Rounagle. Who? No one we know had heard of them either, although they have quite a following in Italy. How we found them is convoluted, but suffice it to say that Borger is genetically 32.7% bloodhound. We picked these in the early days of the brandy tariffs. But then Covid hit and you get the gist. They spent nearly 2’ish additional years in oak since we first tried them. These are not your garden variety armagnac. They are opinionated and complex. And frankly, each will appeal to very different palates.
We aren't adding any markup at all for the community if you pre-order. This is at cost and not a cent more. First signup is in Slack, then in two days it goes onto Facebook. The work that went into procuring these bottles was an act of love and passion. We want to see them opened, enjoyed, and debated. Go ahead and take as many as you want, but if the pre-order fills up, then we’ll lower individual allocations to be fair to everyone. If there are any remaining, they will be in Sascha’s shop Armagnac.de at full retail.
Armagnac Domaine Rounagle 1984 - “Here be Dragons”
Update 01.01.2024: When Rounagle initally bottled the 1984 for The Distillates in 2022, Hugues prepared more bottles than we eventually ordered. The last 12 bottles of this run have been sealed with red wax, instead of the normal yellow wax. These are the last bottles of the entire casks!
The 1984 is for those who seek the path less traveled. For ye who packs a machete when going on vacation. Blake, Ryan and I literally could not look away from the maw of the beast. I had to go back three different days to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. It’s like making out with She Hulk. I can’t freaking wait for my bottles to land. This is a millesime, not a single cask. Hugh has 4 casks of 1984 and blends them back together every winter. So if the demand for this pushes past 100 bottles, I can try to ask for more and see what he can do for us. All the flavors are full throttle. Nothing subtle here my friends. A kalimotxo, but made with Dr Pepper instead of coke. And a powerful indian tonic / quinine tartness with citrus zest - not tannic, just full on pucker!!! Crushed Cranberries and walnuts. Spiced Plum butter. Walking into a cedar-lined closet. Hand made, small batch black licorice. And a lick of worcestershire sauce. All turned up to 11.
This Armagnac was distilled in 1984 by Domaine Rounagle from Ugni Blanc Grapes in Armagnac Ténarèze, France. It was aged for 37 years in Fass #84-3 in a dry cellar and was bottled in 2022 (07/2022) in cask strength of 52.0%. A traditional Alambic Armagnacais (Column Still) was used for distillation.
No of Bottles: 203 Bottles Additives: No additives of any kind! Bottle size: 70cl Product weight: 1.5 kg Producer: Domaine Rounagle (Le Rounagle, 32100 Laroque sur L'Osse, Frankreich)