Armagnac 1973 Montber
Bas-Armagnac, Extra, Bottled from Oaken Cask in 1987, Original Wooden Case
Provenance: Christies London, 6/9/2016
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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A unique and particularly exquisite vintage of Armagnac, unlike cognac, the Armagnac is distilled only once and then stored in the typical black oak barrels for 3-20 or even more years. Here it 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. For this reason, the Armagnac did not deserve to considered as the little brother of the Cognac.
It is neither of a lower quality nor produced with less care. On the contrary, Armagnac is much more traditional than cognac, it is protected by the French Authorities such as the Cognac, and already appeared in 1461 by the name in documents and thus the oldest quality of France brandy. 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.