Domaine de Dupont 1977, 29 years in barrel
Nose: Rich, full, and rather spicy. Figs (dried), light prune, maybe something like banana - very slightly. Cinnamon, all-spice, and rather full syrupy molasses.
Palate: Thick and chewy. Almonds, walnuts, vanilla, cinnamon, and perhaps some banana-nut bread. Figs in a stewed syrup reduction.
Finish: medium-long in duration. Maple syrup that's been slightly burned, more figs with a single banana slice. Bitter-sweet walnuts. This is really delicious, full, and hearty. Somewhere between 88 and 91 points, depending on the mood and my preference for banana in a spirit (even trace).
It's not an overwhelming amount of banana, but it's distinct to me. I wonder how much of the change has been due to bottle oxidation, but I doubt that there's much. The notes here are fairly similar to my notes from well over a year ago, and the strength is still there. This is definitely not overoaked, and there's really not much wood if at all in there. Alcohol is in balance. And the maple syrup with cinnamon is one of my favorite profiles in armagnac.
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Hm, I haven't had any cognacs with that element in the profile. I've had it in a few Armagnacs, and wonder whether it's a reaction to the qualities of those grapes in that wood. I'll keep my taste-buds open for it and will let you know if I find it!