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Armagnac, 'Hors d'Age', Château de Briat

Château de Briat has a long and impressive history; built in 1540, it first served as the hunting manor for Queen Jeanne d’Albret. After changing ownership several times, the domaine was taken over by Baron Raoul de Pichon-Longueville in 1864. The family used the estate as a country retreat while continuing the château’s tradition of distilling a percentage of the harvest every year and stocking Armagnac. Tragedy struck in 2003, when Master Distiller, Gilles de Luze, and his wife lost their lives in a car accident on their way home from a local trade show in Paris. As a result, their son, Stephane de Luze, suddenly found himself at the helm of this prestigious estate. Stephane maintains his father’s traditions of keeping low yields and pruning to give a final harvest of 60hl/ha. Each grape variety (Colombard, Bacco, Folle Blanche) is distilled separately to 52°, and 10 new barrels are laid down during a given year. After 2 or 3 years, they are transferred to older casks and, apart from an airing once a year, left to rest in the spacious yet primitive chai. Topping up is not practiced; de Luze prefers to let the level fall (to promote air contact), creating a spirit that is less aggressive.

Producer:
Vintage:
NV
Country:
France
Region:
Armagnac
Appellation:
Bas Armagnac
Spirit Type:
Brandy
Spirit Sub Type:
Armagnac
Import Partner:
Charles Neal

Tasting Notes

This 15 year old blend is comprised of 100% Bacco. The spirit, rich and round in style yet dry on the finish, speaks of dried apricots, treacle, and red apple skin. This Hors d’Age is a perfect entry point into the work of older Armagnac. 44% ABV

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Press & Reviews

Tanzer

Score:
88

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