1975 Chateau de Laubade Cask Strength Bas Armagnac (750ml)
$450. 00 Bottle
Tasting note: Bottled in 2019. Dazzling bronze gold in colour, the 1975 takes a while to ‘wake up’; Beyond initial aromas of varnish and balsamic, there's dark chocolate, fruit cake, leather and hints of rolling tobacco. In the mouth, pepper-laced dried fruits vie with oaky astringency while lingering rancio and vanilla carry the finish. Muscular and classically styled. 44.2% Alc./Vol. Château de Laubade only releases vintage-dated Armagnacs after a minimum of 15 years of ageing. These recent releases go well beyond that, having being bottled in 2019 making them well over 40 years old. More than eighty different vintages are currently being matured in Laubade’s cellars. The oldest vintage is from 1888. Each year tells a story dealing with the ongoing climate changes, cask quality and the cellar's temperature - all of which define the vintage identity. A culmination of rich know-how and dedication to quality from three generations, the Lesgourgues family continue to run their own 260 acre property. Planted to Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche & Baco, each variety is distilled seperately. Notably, Laubade remains alone in coopering their own Gascon oak casks. Sustainable agriculture is also the standard here (manure is produced by 600 ewes).