- Nick's Import
Chabot XO Armagnac (1000ml)
Originally selling for $200 / 700ml bottle in Australia. The value has increased significantly with this direct import one litre format.
This is Chabot's flagship, aged up to 35 years. The bouquet opens with bold aromas of buttered fruit bread, spiced plums, dried apricot, peppery oak and hints of honey. Medium to full bodied, offering nicely rounded flavours of fruit cake, vanilla and cocoa, finishing with light orange zest, leather, rancio and cinnamon, it strikes a good balance between sweet fruit and drier, spicy wood notes. At this price / volume ratio, you can't go wrong. Beautifully presented in a ribbed decanter. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Initial scent reminds me of walnuts and nougat; aeration and swirling encourage plumper, more candied/honeyed/minty aromas to emerge. Taste at entry is sensuous, sweet and like brown sugar; at midpalate there’s a seductive smokiness that takes on a pipe-tobacco quality. Concludes moderately sweet, yet razor sharp and nicely acidic. 90-95 points - wineenthusiast.com
The Chabot family established their name in the wines and spirits trade in 1828. Based in the village of Labastide d'Armagnac, the family produced the wine necessary to the distillation of Armagnac. In 1963, Chabot Armagnac was first exported in bottle from France when Michel Camus, President of Cognac Camus and John Gentzbourger, Director of Camus Overseas decided to step forward for the future of Chabot. A production unit was installed in Villeneuve de Marsan with its ageing cellars in Labastide d'Armagnac. Soon Chabot became the number one exported Armagnac in France and important markets where developed in the Asia Pacific region. Today, Chabot Armagnac is widely sold and distributed in ninety-six countries. It remains the world's number one exported Armagnac.