Review #: 557
Spirit: Eau de Vie
Background: This is an Eau De Vie from Domaine d’Esperance and bottled by PM Spirits. It is made from an even split of Back and Folle Blanche grapes. This batch was distilled in November of 2019 and rested in steel until bottling in March of 2020. 1000 liters were made in this batch. Bottled without water or additives.
Distillery – Domaine d’Esperance
Bottler – PM Spirits
Brand – Cobrafire
Selection – N/A
ABV – 51.9%
Age – Unaged
Nose – Really earthy with raisins, dark chocolate, black coffee, very restrained with the sweetness
Taste – Much like the nose it’s not very sweet, little bit of milk chocolate, more of a date sweetness then strictly grape, maybe even some plum, there is a hint of some white sugar in there but not overpowering
Finish – Chocolate goes back to dark, grapes give it some tannic feel almost like it is aged in oak but gives more of a sweet tobacco. Proof is very much in control
Would I buy a bottle? I say yes
Thoughts: I believe PM wanted to bottle this as an option for a high proof, unaged Armagnac mostly for cocktailing and I think they nailed it. I actually really like that it’s not super bright with fruit and really has this earthy, not sweet aspect to it that would make for some fun mixed drinks. If I tasted this fully blind, I would think it was aged in a barrel. Around $50, it’s slightly high for something you might mostly mix, but there is nothing else like it on the market. And it’s certainly fun to drink on its own anyway.