Chateau de Pellehaut Vintage Armagnac 1973 (Armagnac-Tenareze, France)

Chateau de Pellehaut Vintage Armagnac 1973
(Armagnac-Tenareze, France)

Regular price $496.00 Sale price $279.97 Save $216.03

Notes from the producer:
Located in the quaint village of Montreal-du-Gers, the vines of Chateau de Pellehaut are planted on several different types of soil, including mixtures of clay and limestone along with sand interspersed with small limestone pieces. Pellehaut from the roman pila haut (high point) is owned by the Beraut family. In addition to making a wide range of fantastic table wines, their spirits are some of the finest in the central region of Armagnac, the Tenareze. Their Reserve bottling is a blend of various vintages that over time have mellowed to become highly fragrant.

Armagnac is a grape brandy from the Gascony region of Southwestern France. While it is related to and often confused with its neighbor to the north, Cognac, Armagnac pre-dates Cognac by about 150 years and is very different with regards to its grapes, terroir, distillation, elevage, blending, aromas, tastes, and textures. The soil in central Cognac has a high chalk content, while in Armagnac the soil is mostly sand with small limestone chunks. Both use the Ugni Blanc grape, but Armagnac also utilizes Bacco, Folle Blanche, and Colombard. Additionally, Cognac is double-distilled to an initial strength of 144 proof before being reduced with distilled water to 80%, while Armagnac is distilled only once and to a lower degree (normally 104 proof). Vintage Armagnac comes from a single year and is normally released at cask strength. Blended Armagnacs are reduced slightly with water yet generally free of the permitted additives.