Chateau Arton Haut-Armagnac La Reserve

This luscious yet elegant eau-de-vie hails from what is, perhaps unfairly, considered to be the lesser of the three sub-regions of Armagnac. The Reserve from Chateau Arton shows a rich, limpid amber, and aromas of honey, chamomile, valencia orange, prune and delicate spice. Texture in the mouth is velvety pear nectar and menthol, with spices lingering on the long finish. Overall, a rather high-toned elegance that sets it apart from the bolder, more decadent style of many Bas-Armagnac producers.