It's incredible that maison Gélas were able to continue to produce top-quality armagnac as the Great War raged through France. That this bottle exists at all is testimony to the bravery and fortitude of the wartime Gélases, in whom the blood of their famous ancestor D'Artagnan must have run particularly strong.
For obvious reasons it's extremely difficult to find any wartime vintages of anything from France, so it's a rare privilege for us to have this 1914 armagnac from the prestigious Gélas house. The term 'liquid history' is somewhat overused, but we think this qualifies at a canter.
An incredibly rare old armagnac from the 1900 vintage, bottled probably some time in the early-to-mid 1990s. Baptiste Gélas founded his house in Bas Armagnac in 1865 after buying his father William's cooperage business. Interestingly, the Gélas family is descended from famous musketeer D'Artagnan.
A nineteenth century vintage armagnac from the revered Gélas house, currently in its fourth generation of family ownership after company founder Baptiste Gélas. This was probably bottled in the mid-1990s as the liquid approached its hundredth birthday, although it would likely have been stored in demi-johns for some time prior to bottling.