A 1979 vintage Armagnac from renowned producer Delord.
This vintage is quite special in coming from the Tenareze region, when most of the expressions we see in Australia are Bas Armagnac. With a soil that is more limestone and clay than the sandier soil of the other regions, generally Tenareze distillate can be more powerful and benefit from longer aging.
Supplied tasting notes:
Nose: fruits (kirsch, cherry plum-mirabelle, almond and cherry stone).
Palate: bitter orange, liquorice. Has a long, mellow finish.
The Delord houseÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™s distillery is in the village of Lannepax. DelordÃƒÂ¢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.