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CLOS MARTIN X.O. 15 YEAR OLD Folle Blanche

Armagnac, France / Gascogne 70cl Ref: 2153

This version is made from 100% Folle Blanche (called Gros Plant in the Nantes region and Picpoul in Languedoc), the most reputed grape variety in Armagnac. This grape variety is perfectly suited to the sandy and ‘boulbènes’ (clay) terroir of Bas-Armagnac.

Marked by notes of vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest and tobacco leaves, it has an elegant palate that unveils flavours of prunes, vanilla and coffee.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : copper with a topaz hue.
  • Nose : elegant, rich. Begins with notes of slightly moist soil and undergrowth that is wrapped in lime blossom honey, dark chocolate and dried fruit (apricot and date). Develops into heady floral notes (iris and lily) and precious woods (cedar and oak).
  • Palate : round, smooth. Silky (black liquorice) and spicy (cloves and nutmeg) attack. The mid-palate is firm and remarkably classic (prunes and raisins). Delicately woody, it develops into fruit (quince and damson plums).
  • Overall : a pleasant roughness embraces notes of leather and noble spices (cardamom and fresh ginger). Floral (hawthorn and withered roses) and saline, with exceptional persistence and amplitude it becomes balsamic (pine and eucalyptus) and herbaceous (green tobacc
The brand

The brand

The stills used by the estates, which are part of the Clos Martin range, are small and allow a large amount of heavy congeners to be retained in the heart of the run. This results in a distillate with a low alcohol content of 52% and twice as many aromatic congeners than would be found at 60%. This means that Clos Martin Armagnacs always have a rich, earthy character which is also subtle and powerful. Obtaining a balanced eau de vie at such low alcohol levels requires a huge amount of experience. These various eaux de vie are then aged separately in order to create different bottlings based on their vintage, terroir and grape variety.

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