Armagnac 1893 Pierre Célestin
Vieux, Premièr Cru, Bas-Armagnac
Provenance: Christies Paris, 6/18/2003
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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.
Pierre Célestin(We currently have no information available on this brand)
High class premier cru Armagnac from the house of Pierre Celestin in the Tasque village. Only grapes from the Bas-Armagnac appelation have been used. The Bas-Armagnac is named for its lower altitude and produces the finest Armagnacs, which represent a light, fruity, delicate character.
The grapes grow in acidic, argillaceous and stony ground. Iron rust colors parts of the soil, these spots are called "sables fauves", while the "boulbènes" are spots mixed with small pieces of clay. The Bas-Armagnac is dominated by Bacco and Ugni Blanc plantings. Sensational Vintage Armagnac from the house Pierre Célestin. The exclusive gift idea for the special occasion. An impressive Armagnac gift of a vintage from a producer house with an long tradition.