A 1979 vintage from DelordÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â‚Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â„Ã‚Â¢s Comte de Lamaestre label.
Quite round for an Armagnac of this vintage, the age is nonetheless evident through the delicate spices.
Supplied tasting notes:
Exudes sweet aromas of dates, toffee apple, vanilla, chocolate and nutmeg. The palate is full bodied, plush and round with medium dry flavours of dates, cocoa and soft spice perfectly counterpointed by drying and slightly grippy tannins. Dried apricot, nutmeg and clove aftertaste reverberates with surprising length, echoing back minutes after the final sip.
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.
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