Armagnac 1974 Domaine de l'Ovalie
Provenance: SCP Faure-Rey, 11/7/1999
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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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As stated on the label this Armagnac comes from Villeneuve de Marsan (Les Landes). Armagnac is not only produced in the Gers, what many people may think, but also in Les Landes. The best part of the Bas Armagnac, so they say, goes from Villeneuve de Marsan in the Landes to Eauze in the Gers. Armagnac may only come from the regions Bas-Armagnac, Haut-Armagnac, and Teneraze. They are also, as with Cognac, exclusively white grapes.
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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 year 1974 can be described as a variety of production, a great maturity with sweet perfumes from the vine and the wood, these vintages at the 60s are often excellent quality and value for money. You can link an Armagnac vintage with life’s anniversary dates. It is a market for wines that are different from that for the connoisseurs that come for the pleasure of looking to discover a rare product.
A birthday, a wedding anniversary or other event that is celebrated 20, 50 years later with the vintage of that year. A way to turn back the clock with an Armagnac vintage to rekindle memories of a path taken and maturity gained along the way.