Baron de Lustrac 1979 Vintage Armagnac will be 40 years old in 2019 and what could be better gift for someone celebrating their 40th birthday than a 40 year old bottle of brandy? A birth year Vintage Armagnac is made in almost every vintage and it is therefore a great alternative to vintage Port (1979 was not a declared vintage), wines (which will most likely be past their best at 40 years old) and vintage whisky (which is now very, very expensive!).
Armagnac is the oldest spirit in the world, used as a medicine in former times this fantastic grape brandy has been distilled and appreciated since 1411. Armagnac is not only a type of brandy, similar to Cognac, but it 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 Baron de Lustrac’s vintage Armagnacs.
Once distilled the colourless spirit, or eau-de-vie, 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 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.
Baron de Lustrac 1979 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 clearly inscribed with the year of distillation and is bottled under the control of The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac (BNIA).
Baron de Lustrac 1979 Vintage Armagnac will be a superb 40th birthday present in 2019.
Also in 1979:
February 22nd – The Carribean island of St Lucia gained independence from the United Kingdom
July 1st – The Sony Walkman goes on sale for the first time in Japan
December 24th – The first European Ariane rocket is launched