Armagnac Castarede 1978 (750ml)
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Armagnac is France’s oldest wine-based eau-de-vie, produced in the southwest of France with over 700 years of history. Known for its therapeutic properties during medieval times, Armagnac rose in the 17th century to become an everyday household good.
Around 1830, the only way to transport goods was via navigable channels, thus Armagnac trading houses started to settle near the Baïse, a river from the rich Garonne. The department of the Gers became the leading French wine producer. However, the Armagnac vineyards also suffered from the scourge of the phylloxera in 1870. The vineyards received new life at the beginning of the century.
The decree of the 25th of May 1909 outlined the production zone for the Armagnac Eaux-de-Vie and its three production regions. This was followed by the decree of the 6th of August 1936 which defined the ‘Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée’ Armagnac and its production process. Unlike Cognac, which takes its name from a town, Armagnac, is named after a local Sovreign family.
Topaz and sienna in colour with orange flecks. Complex nose and flavours- “animal” notes, like leather, meld with floral notes like eucalyptus, fruit like dried fig and finally blond tobacco and praline. The mouth effect is frank, the middle of the mouth is powerful with dry fruit flavours, (prunes, raisins, orange rind and almond). White chocolate flavours linger on the finish. Outstanding complexity and depth.