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Find out why old Armagnacs are the most sought-after.
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 XO is a blend of 30 different Brandies, each aged from 15-25 years. This puts this expression in the “old Armagnacs” category a.k.a. the most prestigious one. It’s crafted from Ugni-Blanc and Colombard grapes as well as Baco and Folle Blanche. After distilling them separately, grape varieties and vintage years are separated again and aged in Gascony oak. The Cellar Master François Lasportes created an aromatic and refined blend of supple flavors. Take your time when sipping this one - preferably after dinner in a clear Brandy or fluted snifter.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Complex with orange peel, prune, cinnamon, cocoa, hazelnut, candied fruit, and almonds.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Elegant and supple with dark chocolate, orange peel, candied fruit, almonds.
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