Armagnac, as some locals will describe it to visitors is the oldest and the youngest spirit in France. Oldest because it was first distilled in the middle of the 15th century and youngest because the Armagnacaise are still arguing over how to distil it. Armagnac comes as a welcome contrast to the relative stagnation in Cognac. Read More »
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.
An 1890 vintage Armagnac from Croix de Salles, a house founded by Pascal Dartigalongue and still owned by the family as of 2013. They are based in a vineyard named "Lacroutz" in the town of Salles d'Armagnac in the heart of the region. This was bottled in November 1990.
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.