A fresh, five-year-old Bas-Armganac from the famous Delord house.
The VSOP is relatively young for Delord, whose vintages go back a century, but this is a great example of Armagnac's DNA before too much oak influence.ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â
Nose: Prunes, vanilla and fresh grapes hints.
Mouth: Rough start, then appear quince, prunes and tannin hints. In the end, it is round, soft, slight vanilla taste.
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.
- Bas Armagnac