A 1969 Vintage Armagnac will make a great 50th birthday present in 2019
There are precious few wines, Ports and spirits left from 1969 now and what you can find will most likely be very expensive. There are few whiskies from 1969 that will even be under £1000 bottle. Most wines from 1969 should arguably have been drunk up quite a few years ago and are now rather long in the tooth. I think I am right in saying there is no vintage Port from 1969, but there are some Colheita Ports (single vintage Tawny Ports) and vintage Madeiras from 1969 which should be fine for drinking at the grand old age of 50 years old.
Which brings us back to Armagnac. I am always amazed that Armagnac is such a relatively affordable brandy for something that has been aged 50 years or more. There are quite a few small bottles of Vintage Armagnacs who have access to all sorts of hidden treasures and this year, 2017, we are please to be able to supply Baron de Lustrac 1969 Vintage Armagnac and Baron de Sigognac 1969 Vintage Armagnac. Vintage Armagnac also makes a great present because it doesn’t need decanting like a vintage Port and will last for many months in the bottle once opened.
Baron de Lustrac 1969 Vintage Armagnac
Baron de Lustrac works with a number of small producers and growers and oversees production and ageing of their spirit – this allows them full control of their Armagnac. Only the finest eaux de vie from the best terroirs are used in the production of Lustrac’s vintage Armagnacs. The amber colour and fine comes careful wood ageing for many years. It is the interaction of the spirit and the oak which produces the intense flavour and aromas that Armagnac is famous for.
The Baron de Lustrac 1969 Vintage Armagnac is presented in a old-fashioned brandy bottle and comes in a smart polished wooden box with brass clasp and hinges.
Baron de Sigognac 1969 Vintage Armagnac
Baron de Sigognac is another small, specialist bottler of older Vintage Armagnacs. The Owners of Baron de Sigognac, The Guasch family, have been in Gascony since the 12th century. They have owned the château at Bordeneuve since 1974 and are one of the region’s largest courtier and negociant operations. Today the father-and-son team of Jean-Claude and Thomas look after viticulture, vinification and distillation. They are one of the few producers to oversee its entire production.
Their Armagnacs are aged in 420 oak barrels (as is Baron de Lustrac) and as it ages it becomes darker in colour and softer, smoother and more elegant on the palate whilst aromas and flavours of prunes, violets, fig, honey, butterscotch and rancio develop.
Baron de Sigognac 1968 Vintage Armagnac has a beautiful amber colour. The nose is quite fresh with aromas of candied citrus fruit, gentle spice, vanilla and rancio notes. The palate shows finesse and elegance in the mouth. It is both fresh and powerful with fruity notes and a long spicy finish.
Buy online and see more photographs of Baron de Sigognac 1968 Vintage Armagnac here.
Baron de Sigognac 1968 Vintage Armagnac is presented in a clear, brandy bottle in a branded wooden box with sliding wooden lid. The bottling date is indicated on the back of each bottle.
Take a look at my earlier blog post about the the authenticity of Vintage Armagnac. There is also an interesting Baron de Sigognac Vintage Chart which shows the various flavour profiles of the various different vintages.
Baron de Sigognac also produce a 50 Year Old Armagnac, a 50 year old blend presented in a rather smart Decanter Bottle.