Armagnac 1969 Domaine Le Durré
L'Ovalie, Grand Bas-Armagnac. Actual bottle may slightly differ from picture.
Provenance: SCP Faure-Rey, 5/20/1999
Actual bottle may differ slightly from picture.
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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 le Durré
Domaine le Durré (a Saint Gein (Gers) is a 50-year-old bottle of Armagnac, perfect to celebrate your (or someone else's) birthday. Or to drink a great bottle! Unlike cognac, the Armagnac is distilled only once and then stored in the typical black oak barrels for 3-20 years. Here also develops its dark, amber glow, as well as the characteristic aroma of baking plums, vanilla, licorice and much more. As a rule, it has a stronger flavor than the cognac and therefore described as very noble and supple.
Armagnac may only come from the regions Bas-Armagnac, Haut-Armagnac, and Teneraze. They are also, as with Cognac again, exclusively white grapes. The distillation of Armagnac should be between October to the end of March. Storage and delivery are carried out in limousine barrels. Plum, Violet or hazelnut aroma determine the taste. The Vintage plays a considerable role in the Armagnac.
The annual figures are entirely reliable, while the law also provides for mixtures, it dictates that it showed on the label. The use of nine specific grape varieties are eligible for the production of Armagnac, but they mostly only use four types for this purpose: Folle Blanche, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Bacco.