Laberdolive

Armagnac 1954 Laberdolive

Vieux, Grand Crus du Bas-Armagnac, Gérard Laberdolive, Bas-Armagnac, Domaine de Jaurrey

Provenance: Tancrède & Dumont, 11/30/1998

Armagnac 1954 Laberdolive (4542)
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Vintage 1954
Alcohol 43.0 %
Button No button
Classification Grand Cru
Fill level Top shoulder
Maturation Vieux
Packaging No casing
Region Bas-Armagnac
Shape Cognaçaise
Size 70 cl

Armagnac

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.

Laberdolive

The house of Laberdolive has been making vintage-dated Armagnacs since 1866 from wines produced on the land of Les Sables Fauves. The estate with 42 hectares is situated on exceptionally sandy soil and planted with the customary regional grapes: Baco, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche. The production is tiny, and distillation traditionally takes place in an Armagnac Alambic on a wood fire. The previous results are stored in traditional 400 liter Gascogne casks, made from black oak trees harvested from its forests. The Laberdolive Armagnacs are handmade, vintage dated single-vineyard expressions of what an Armagnac should be.

Laberdolive

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The house of Laberdolive has been making vintage-dated Armagnacs since 1866 from wines produced on the land of Les Sables Fauves. The estate with 42 hectares is situated on exceptionally sandy soil and planted with the customary regional grapes: Baco, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche. The production is tiny, and distillation traditionally takes place in an Armagnac Alambic on a wood fire. The previous results are stored in traditional 400 liter Gascogne casks, made from black oak trees harvested from its forests. The Laberdolive Armagnacs are handmade, vintage dated single-vineyard expressions of what an Armagnac should be.

Pierre Laberdolive

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The legend goes that Nikita Khrushchev once diverted his elaborate and heavily-guarded entourage to visit the distillery to acquire a bottle, and French President Jacques Chirac brought along a Laberdolive 1972 to toast on a state visit to China. These bottles are in all the top restaurants in Europe; David Ridgway, chef-sommelier at La Tour d'Argent in Paris, said that Laberdolive is "considered for a long time to be the benchmark of Armagnac." Today Laberdolive is managed by Pierre Laberdolive — a reticent and patient man, in complete harmony with his lands, his casks, and his Armagnac. His reputation as a cellarer is known all over France, and the world and his product are often called «The Gold of Armagnac.»