Armagnac 1939 Domaine Millet
Armagnac Ténaréze, Gers, Gondrin
Provenance: SCP Faure-Rey, 12/12/1998
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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.
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Domaine de Millet
Domaine de Millet was first an Armagnac producer, now in the winemaking game. Famous for its fiery Armagnac spirit, Domaine de Millet produces some of the best value wines in all of France. Devoted to mixed farming and the production of Armagnac, the domaine today has 50 hectares of vines for the production of Côtes de Gascogne wines. The grapes enjoy a northwestern position on the green hills where the soil alternates between clay-limestone and the sandy soils known as 'sables fauves.'
Full and varied range of products
Francis Dèche, the proprietor, who follows in the footsteps of five generations has a policy of quality: traditional grape varieties, vineyard cultivation concerning the environment and constant development in the methods and means of vinification. With his daughter Laurence, who joined him in 1999, they sell a full and varied range of products that are just waiting for being discovered.
The Gascony region, famous for Armagnac production, is now the source of good country wines. Domaine Millet blazed a trail for many followers, but it remains one of, if not, the best.