Chateau de Laubade

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SMWS Releases

SMWS Number Title Description Distilled Cask Region Grape Age ABV
A5.1 Fruit shop raid Bursting through Lucozade colours of the fruit shop, you’re mugged by soft warm spice and oak. Layers of warm Muscovado sugar mingle with caramel, cinnamon and angelica. Scraps of over ripe quince hang around for good measure. The mouthfeel is warm and inviting, the ripeness of the fruit sitting very comfortably with warm light, yet quite fresh tannins that give a somewhat misleading impression of youth. The giveaway for the age is the sheer depth of complexity and flavour, leaving an incredibly long soft oak finish. Vintage 1989 Armagnac barrel Bas Armagnac Colombard 61.3%
A5.2 Musk coated candyfloss A pool of burnished teak and maple syrup. The nose starts with a savoury crème brûlée crust, served on a pecan tart and grated grapefruit zest. In the background is a wrapping of musk and dark bottled aftershave. A journey of night into day, in the distance a wisp of smoke lingers and introducing a syrup coated lift. The palate starts with candyfloss dissolving in the mouth, closely followed by a slap of citrus fruit zest dusted with a soft effervescence. It finishes on a burning sweet note with the zest faded away, bringing back the caramel from the beginning. Vintage 2005 Armagnac barrel Bas Armagnac Ugni Blanc 59.4%
A5.3 Fully loaded sweet trolley Deep rich and opulent, the very quintessence of a Gentleman’s club. You settle comfortably into folds of warm leather armchairs, which mingle with wafts of cedar wood and tobacco, with crème brûlée being served. The palate has subdued, quiet low tones where barley sugar discusses the baked custard with orange citrus fruit and toasty spice. The conversation fades very slowly as it resonates at length along polished oak corridors of flavour. From the Baco grape Undated Armagnac barrel Bas Armagnac Baco 11 65%
A5.4 Toasted marshmallows A molten copper breastplate shows ripe, yet savoury, figs, plums and orange citrus fruit with overtones of warm Demerara sugar and marshmallows gently toasting on a skewer of soft warm oak, sprinkled with the merest touch of saw dust. The mouth is invitingly soft and unctuous. The marshmallows open things up their sticky warmth being enveloped with ripe candied fruit, with some light sappiness joining the party towards the end, bringing a welcome party seven of structure to the rich mouth feel. As the music fades drying delicate tannins play on. From the Baco grape. Vintage 2001 Armagnac barrel Bas Armagnac Baco 55.6%