An excellent 1967 vintage from DelordÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â‚Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â„Ã‚Â¢s Comte de Lamaestre label.
This currently 1967 is a favourite of The Oak Barrel staff, and it provides excellent value for 50-year-old spirit. The world was a very different place when these grapes were harvested and distilled in 1967.
WeÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â‚Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â„Ã‚Â¢ve long-admired this vintage for retaining its sweet freshness. The nose is almost grassy and the palate has excellent structure. ThereÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â‚Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â„Ã‚Â¢s evidence of the age on the finish, with a slight tannin. One to contemplate a long day with.
Comte de Lamaestre is a label of the Delord house, whose distillery is in the village of Lannepax. DelordÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â‚Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â„Ã‚Â¢s vineyards grown colombard, ugni blanc and folle blanche grapes and they distil through alembic stills from November through to the end of December. The vintage of an Armagnac is determined by the grape harvest, so if distillation was to spill into the following year by a day or a so it would still take the year of harvest as its vintage.
Delord has a large and consistent range of vintages and they provide a fantastic window into how Armagnac ages. One of the great joys in life involves a lengthy parallel tasting of Delord vintages.
- Bas Armagnac