Baron de Lustrac 1969 Vintage Armagnac will be 50 years old in 2019. This fine 50 year old brandy will make an excellent 50th birthday or 50th aniversary (Golden Wedding Anniversary) present. Vintage Armagnac is a great alternative to older vintage Whiskies, which are super expensive now, wines and Vintage Ports.
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 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.
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 1969 Vintage Armagnac is presented in an old-fashioned Armagnac bottle and wooden box, these rare vintage Armagnacs are available in strictly limited quantities. Each label is inscribed with the year of distillation. Baron de Lustrac 1969 Vintage Armagnac is bottled under the control of The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac (BNIA).
A great 50 year old brandy for 2019.
Also in 1969:
April 1st – the Hawker Siddeley Harrier aircraft begins its service with the Royal Air Force.
August 15th – 18th – The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair was held at Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York. Performers include The Who, Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana and Jefferson Airplane.
October 5th – On BBC One, Monty Python’s Flying Circus is broadcast for the very first time.