Maker: Janneau (distills, ages and bottles), Condom, Gers, France.
Age category: VSOP (at least 4 y/o)
Michigan state minimum: $56
Appearance: Medium copper.
Nose: French oak, raisins, vanilla, dried orange peel.
Palate: Mildly fruity. Fruit punch, oak.
Finish: Subtle. Sangria, alcohol, oak.
Parting words: Janneau VSOP is one of the better distributed Armagnacs in Michigan, which is admittedly a low bar. It’s a solid one, though. It’s relatively subtle on the palate and finish but it’s an enjoyable, fruity pour for a pretty good price. Its accessibility also makes it a good choice for newcomers to Armagnac. My biggest complaint is the squat bottle that takes up a lot of room on the shelf. Janneau VSOP is recommended.