Château De Pellehaut 2005 Armagnac was rated as one of the top two Armagnacs at the 2020 International Wine & Spirits Competition. The vintage French brandy scored a 97/100 and received a Gold medal from the annual spirits competition.
Judges described the Château De Pellehaut 2005 Armagnac as, “A great, very pronounced and focused example of equilibrium between sweetness and savoury notes supported by refreshing sour, rancio elements. Seamless and smooth.”
It was a great day for the French Wine & Armagnac House overall as their L’Age Tendre Armagnac and 1994 Armagnac also received Gold medals. The maison’s Reserve-Bel âge Armagnac, meanwhile, picked up a silver.
Speaking about the L’Age Tendre, the judges said, “Tremendous nose, so elegant, so refined! Slightly soapy start to palate but eventually comes through revealing delicious floral character. Pleasant finish with a little rye toast.”
“A lovely example of aging done well. The sweetness and the dry tannins work in tandem. There’s a warm spicy note on the mid-palate. It opens up nicely with a drop of water showing some walnuts, saddle leather and suede,” wrote the judges about the 1994 Armagnac.
Meanwhile the Reserve-Bel Age was noted for being, “Incredibly elegant with many fine and well-presented aromas and flavours. There’s fresh and stewed fruit, chocolate and mocha, and plenty of sweet nutty notes.” Truly, it was a remarkable day for Château De Pellehaut at the 2020 International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Elsewhere at the 2020 International Wine & Spirits Competition, High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey was rated the top Rye Whiskey, receiving an Outstanding Gold and scored 99/100. Maison Prunier Tres Vieille Grande Champagne Cognac, meanwhile, was awarded an Outstanding Gold and rated the top Cognac with a score of 98/100.
For a complete list of results head over to the International Wine & Spirits Competitions official website, where you can find a full list of Armagnac expressions that medaled at this year’s competition as well as a vast array of other spirits.