Labiette Castille 1988 Bas Armagnac
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  • salty
  • caramel
  • candied
  • plum
  • vanilla
  • walnut
  • fruit
  • toasted
  • oak

Labiette Castille

1988 Bas Armagnac (0.75l, 40%)

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A vintage Armagnac from 1988

Labiette Castille Bas Armagnacs are produced on one of the most renowned single estates in the Bas Armagnac region and they’ve won over 200 awards in the last 30 years. The estate was first founded in 1898 by a powerful French statesman. In 1974, it was acquired by the Lesgourgues family that produces the revered Armagnacs to this day

Now, why is the 260-acres estate one of the most prestigious terroirs of the Armagnac AOC? It’s located right at the feet of the Pyrenees Mountains and it’s a mix of fawn-colored sands and clay. The vineyards grow all 4 traditional grapes - Ugni Blanc, Baco, Colombard and Folle Blanche - which is a rare practice today. The Lesgourgues family also makes sure the vineyard stays low yield and sustainable; a flock of 600 friendly sheep kindly takes care of organic fertilizing. A nearby oak forest provides wood for their casks. Oh, and the horse-riding figure on the label? It’s a tribute to the famous Musketeer of King Louis XIV of France, D'Artagnan, who was born in nearby Sorbets and was known for his bravery.

Labiette Castille Bas Armagnac 1988 is a millésime, which is a vintage Armagnac. This means that it was crafted from grapes, both harvested and distilled in a single year: in this case 1988. The thing about vintages is, each tells the story of that year’s climate, weather, the type of aging casks and of course, the skills of the Cellar Master. Judging on this round and supple expression, it seems 1988 was a good year for premium Armagnac.

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Appearance / Color
Dark amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Salted caramel, candied walnut, plum, and vanilla.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Round and supple with fruit and toasted oak.

Finish
Long and elegant.

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  • salty
  • caramel
  • candied
  • plum
  • vanilla
  • walnut
  • fruit
  • toasted
  • oak
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
The best way to enjoy a Calvados or Cognac is in a balloon-shaped snifter. Armagnac? Try a Champagne flute or a tulip-style glass instead.
To delve even deeper with Cognac and Armagnac, they live about 180 miles apart, so they're practically neighbours. Cognac is mostly made from one sort of grape, while Armagnac loves variety. The most interesting difference is their PR: Armagnac is one of the oldest Spirits on the planet and it was rarely exported. Cognac, on the other hand, was the export blockbuster with good marketing. It even had Napoleon III as its poster boy, who made sure Cognac was sold in every medieval supermarket.
If we’re calling dibs on who gets first-born privileges, Armagnac edges out Cognac. The Spirit is the oldest type of Brandy in France, with documented distillation dating back to the early 15th century.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
The best way to enjoy a Calvados or Cognac is in a balloon-shaped snifter. Armagnac? Try a Champagne flute or a tulip-style glass instead.
To delve even deeper with Cognac and Armagnac, they live about 180 miles apart, so they're practically neighbours. Cognac is mostly made from one sort of grape, while Armagnac loves variety. The most interesting difference is their PR: Armagnac is one of the oldest Spirits on the planet and it was rarely exported. Cognac, on the other hand, was the export blockbuster with good marketing. It even had Napoleon III as its poster boy, who made sure Cognac was sold in every medieval supermarket.
If we’re calling dibs on who gets first-born privileges, Armagnac edges out Cognac. The Spirit is the oldest type of Brandy in France, with documented distillation dating back to the early 15th century.
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