Armagnac 1918 Domaine Gachot
Récolte 1918, Lugardon Victor, propriétaire, Grand Bas-Armagnac
Provenance: Sotheby's Paris, 11/11/1998
|Fill level||Mid shoulder|
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.
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Domaine de Gachot
Exceptional and particularly exquisite vintage Armagnac from 1918. A strictly limited edition from the Bas-Armagnac, a front-runner among the noblest Armagnacs. In Gascogne, there were hundreds of producers, many known, legion small, numerous reputable, quite a few regional and national. Many suppliers sell their products abroad under a different name than in France. Countless traders bought barrels from reputable producers in France and sold them under their names abroad.
So even now we still find rare Armagnac rarities, which we could hardly find any information or records today. But we would not be able to claim that this would be due to the lack of awareness of the lower quality if necessary. So there are still some famous Armagnac houses that still lead and distribute a wide variety of different Vintage Armagnacs, but the number of rarities is getting smaller and prices, also due to the sheer demand, more and more excessive.