Baron de Lustrac 1959 Vintage Armagnac is 60 years old in 2019 and this rare 60 year old brandy will make a superb 60th birthday present.
Armagnac is the oldest spirit in the world, used as a medicine in former times it has been distilled and appreciated since 1411. Armagnac is also a region, part of the southwest of France and is divided into three “sous-appellations” : Bas-Armagnac, Ténarèze and Haut-Armagnac.
Baron de Lustrac is a small, independent éleveur-negociant who specialises in producing Vintage Armagnacs. As an eleveur-negociant Lustrac works with over 20 different, small Armagnac Domains or producers who are primarily located in the Tenereze and Bas Armagnac districts of the Armagnac AOC region. The Armagnacs are left to quietly age at their respective domains of origin and the Lustrac cellar master looks after the barrels until it is time for them to be bottled. The vintage Armagnacs are blended, filtered, let down to proof and bottled to order at Lustrac’s small facility located in the commune of Nogaro in the Bas Armagnac region.
Once distilled the colourless spirit is aged in 420 litre oak barrels. It is here, in barrel, that the Armagnac leaches vanillins and tannins from the toasted oak which lend the spirit colour and flavour. The depth of colour and complexity of flavour increase all the time the spirit is aged in cask, the colour can range from pale straw to rich amber. As Armagnac 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. Part of the alcohol evaporates naturally during the long years in cask – this is known as “la part des anges” (the angel’s share).
Baron de Lustrac 1959 Vintage Armagnac is presented in an old-fashioned Armagnac bottle and wooden box, these rare vintage Armagnacs are available in strictly limited quantities. Bottled under the control of The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac (BNIA).
Also in 1959:
January 25th – the Boeing 707 airliner began service
August 14th – Explorer 6 sends the first picture of Earth from orbit
October 29th – the first appearance of Astérix the Gaul