Chateau de Laubade 1984 Bas Armagnac

Initial sniffs find bittersweet, intense, assertive and very nutty aromas; further aeration time accelerates the bittersweet concentration of oaky resin. Palate entry is seriously sap- and maple-like, then by midpalate the taste shifts from sap to the resiny, seed-like and bitter flavor of unseasoned oak, road tar and black tea leaves. Finish is firm but so resiny and tea-like that it's just flat-out bitter. Shows potential, but it's angular at this stage. P.P.

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