Holiday Gift Guide: Rare Vintage Armagnac

Holiday Gift Guide: Rare Vintage Armagnac

Holiday Gift Guide: Rare Vintage Armagnac

Looking for a unique gift for someone this holiday season or a special rarity for yourself? We have access to a few older vintages of Duc de Loussac Armagnac and can custom order them for you at no additional cost!

If you are interested, email buywines@bottlebarn.com.

About the Winery: Long before his son Maurice Lesgourgues took over Château de Laubade (Bas Armagnac) in 1974, Jean Lesgourgues (1868-1933), the current owners’ great- grandfather, was an Armagnac producer.

Located in Peyrehorade in Gascony, Jean Lesgourgues created his own brand at the end of the 19th century: Duc de Loussac.
Since 1974, Duc de Loussac Bas Armagnac are exclusively produced from Chateau de Laubade ‘s 260 acres of single estate vineyard.

Vineyard: 260 acres of single estate vineyard in Bas Armagnac. Four traditional grape varietials: Ugni-Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard and Baco.

Sustainability: Organic manure is produced by 600 ewes.

Production: Grapes exclusively coming from the property ‘Home-made’ and single distillation, grape varietal by grape varietal. The only Armagnac House coopering its own casks, from Gascony oak, to ensure the finest maturing process. Maturing 6 to 12 years, grape varietal by grape varietal, vintage by vintage. Blend of more than 20 different eaux-de-vie.

Food and Armagnac Pairing: Enjoy as an aperitif or after a meal as a digestive with espresso. It’s also a trendy cocktail base!

1968 - ($225)

Blend: Baco and Ugni Blanc
Appearance: Bright color, amber with golden highlights.
Nose: Subtle yet intense, combination of prune and rancio, notes of vanilla.
Palate: Very round and supple, powerful and long lasting.

1970 - ($215)

Blend: Baco, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche
Appearance: Bright mahogany and amber color.
Nose: Very pronounced rancio with oaky aromas.
Palate: Well structured, ample. Round with a very pleasant finish.

1979 - ($130)

Blend: Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche
Appearance: Beautiful bright color
Nose: Strong aromas of violets and prune.
Palate: Very round and soft sensation on the palate.

1980 - ($125)

Blend: Baco, Folle Blanche
AppearanceThe colour is deep amber.
Nose: Powerful nose with notes of orange and plums.
Palate: Very round and supple, powerful and long lasting.

1988 - ($105)

Blend: Baco, Ugni Blanc and Colombard
Appearance: Bright amber color.         
Nose: Delicate and velvety made of toasted almonds and fresh bread crumb.
Palate: Fine and well balanced with vanilla hints and an integrated oak.

1989 - ($99) [SOLD OUT]

Blend: Baco, Ugni Blanc and Colombard
Appearance: Beautiful amber to brown colour, with nice brightness.
Nose: Strong with roasted aromas paired with oak
Palate: Round and very rich with soft tannins and notes of chocolate. 

1990 - ($100)

Blend: Baco, Ugni Blanc and Colombard
Appearance: Bright amber color.
Nose: Fruity with hints of vanilla.
Palate: Round but vivid, characterized with notes of fruits and aromas of plum and candied raisin. 

1999 - ($75)

Blend: Baco, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche
Appearance: Bright amber color.
Nose: Candied fruits and salted caramel.
Palate: Fruity with nice toast on the finish.

2000 - ($75)

Blend: Baco, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche
Appearance: Bright amber color.
Nose: Baker spices, gingerbread, orange peel.
Palate: Smooth and ample, long finish.

Other bottlings available include the 1978 vintage ($145), XO ($75) and VSOP ($40) [Available in January]. For more information email buywines@bottlebarn.com.

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