Armagnac 1893 Château de Laubade
Bas-Armagnac, Bottled in 1984
Provenance: Lombrail-Teucquam Varenne, 3/28/1999
Je soussigneé le Maître de Chai du Chateau de Laubade certifie que ce Vieil Armagnac a été vieilli et conservé en fût de chêne jusqu'à sa mise en bouteille effectuée en Mai 1984.
Armagnac is France's oldest and most prestigious wine-based eau-de-vie. In the 16th century, it was sold over the counter in pharmacies as a "medicine". Armagnac began to be aged in oak barrels in the 17th century. Nowadays, the Armagnac region can be divided into three production areas: Bas-Armagnac, Ténarèze and Haut-Armagnac. Unlike Cognac, Armagnac is comprised of a broad palette of grape varieties, each very different, allowing for a very particular aromatic balance: Bacco adds to the wine's structure and lends it full-bodied, rich and dense aromas that require long ageing processes to fully express their roundness, smoothness and length on the palate. Folle Blanche, on the other hand, provides freshness and fruitiness in the first years of ageing. Ugni Blanc, ideal for distilling, as well as Colombard, are the final names on the region's list of most common grape varieties. When aged for 15 years or more, Armagnac displays flavours of hazelnut, orange peel, cocoa, and prunes combined with aromas of rose, verbena, leather, vanilla and even cinnamon. These Armagnacs are very dense and rounded and fully express their soil. After 25 years, Armagnacs lose their potency and mellow. Their original character gives way to oak barrel fragrances and their length on the palate becomes truly remarkable.
Château de Laubade
Château de Laubade was built in 1870 and is today the premier Armagnac property, composed of 260 acres of single vineyard. It is located in Sorbets d’Armagnac, in the heart of the noblest area of the appellation: the Bas Armagnac.
The Lesgourgues family has been running the estate since 1974. Throughout the generations, some prestigious figures have striven for Château de Laubade’s fame, always being highly involved in the vanguard techniques in terms of agronomy and crafting brandies.
One of these striking figures of the history of Laubade is Joseph Noulens, who contributed to the reconstruction of the château until 1902.
Famous French statesman - he was The French Ambassador to Petrograd (Saint-Petersburg) during the Russian Revolution in 1917, and then War, Finance and Agriculture Minister in Georges Clemenceau’s administration – Mr Noulens has gradually turned Château de Laubade into an agronomic and scientific pilot farm with a significant influence in France.
Joseph Noulens’ second wife was Jeanne Paquin, the first famous French fashion designer and the founder of the worldwide known luxury fashion house “Paquin”. As a result, she highly contributed to the estate’s reputation and worldwide influence, through the design creations she made during her various stays at Laubade.
“Everything started in 1974, when our grandfather, Maurice Lesgourgues, discovered Château de Laubade: it was love at first sight. He knew straight away that everything was assembled to offer the best of Armagnac: a Chateau filled with history, a unique “terroir” in Bas Armagnac and brandies remarkably well kept.” Arnaud and Denis Lesgourgues.
Then, Jean-Jacques Lesgourgues, Maurice’s son, rapidly ran the house with a unique goal : reviving the former glory of Château de Laubade. Through a visionary and audacious strategy, he turned the property into a key player of the armagnac in quest for quality. Step by step, he built an extensive inventory that is today the largest of the Appellation. The house has expanded on both the national and the international markets, with a special focus on a selective distribution including the finest wine shops and the high end restaurants worldwide.
Since 1998, Arnaud and Denis Lesgourgues, as the third generation have been actively involved in the quest of excellence, to make Château de Laubade an undisputed reference in the Armagnac category.
In 2010, Château de Laubade, celebrated its 140 years of history, with a superb ceremony in the château’s cellars, organized around a gastronomic dinner prepared by Alain Dutournier,( 2-star Michelin) Chef of the Carré des Feuillant restaurant in Paris. For the occasion, a Laubade 1910 was opened and tasted by the 140 prestigious guests coming from all over the world.