A 1961 vintage Armagnac from renowned producer Delord.
This is a great opportunity to taste incredibly old spirit at a fantastic price, relatively speaking. Distilled from grapes harvested in the 1961 vintage, the year that Russia's Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space.
A spirit that showcases it's age through old oak notes as well as stewed citrus.
Nose: Old wood, rancio, dried fruit (prunes, almonds, hazelnuts)
Palate: Rancio, old wood, orange zest.
The Delord house's distillery is in the village of Lannepax. Delord'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.