Baron de Lustrac 1989 Vintage Armagnac will be 30 years old in 2019. This fantastic 30 year old brandy will make superb 30th birthday or anniversary gift in 2019. There are other wines and spirits from 1989, but they are hard to come by (1989 was not a declared Port vintage for example) and are often a lot more expensive than vintage Armagnac. Vintage Armagnac also has the added benefit that it does not need to be drunk in one sitting, but Baron de Lustrac 1989 Vintage Armagnac will keep well, once opened, for many months.
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 1989 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 and the spirit is bottled under the supervision of of The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac (BNIA).
This rare 30 year old brandy will make a fantastic 30th birthday present.
Also in 1989:
March 13th – Tim Berners-Lee, widely regarded as the “inventor” of the internet, produces the proposal document that will become the blueprint for the World Wide Web
May 20th – The Chinese government declares martial law in response to the ongoing Tiananmen Square protests
October 5th – The Dalai Lama wins the Nobel Peace Prize