Armagnac 1848 Marquis de Monstesquiou
Provenance: CPF, 11/24/2003
Montesquiou is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France. Marquis de Montesquiou, which is a member of the Pernod Group, is one of France’s most illustrious Armagnac houses. As pedigrees go, you can’t get much more blueblood than this. The Montesquious are one of the oldest families in France; its oldest members, the Counts of Fezensac (who ruled over much of historic Gascony, which included the Armagnac region) served under Clovis, King of the Franks in the late 5th century. The Montesquiou family has been making Armagnac since at least 1431. Before becoming a jewel in the Pernod Group crown, the present incarnation of Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac was started 60 years ago by Pierre de Montesquiou, who was a direct descendant of the most famous de Montesquiou of all—the comte d’Artagnan, on whom the hero of Alexandre Dumas’s book The Three Musketeers was based.
Marquis de Montesquiou doesn’t have any vineyards. Instead, the spirit house has 20 grape growers under contract that deliver eau de vie to it. Buying eau de vie from 20 different growers, gives them the flexibility of blending Armagnac from different areas. The Marquis de Montesquiou’s famous aging cellar, a vaulted-ceiling space with 1,800, 400L barrels dating back to the 19th century in it, is called "The Cathedral". This is where the Armagnac is aged and blended.
|Fill level||High shoulder|