Baron de Sigognac 1959 Vintage Armagnac is a rare 60 year old brandy. It will make a superb 60th birthday present, or perhaps 60th wedding anniversary, for anyone celebrating in 2019.
The Owners of Armagnac Baron de Sigognac, The Guasch family, have been located in Gascony since the 12th century. They have owned the château at Bordeneuve since 1974 and are now 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. The Domaine is almost unique in the region as all of its production is distilled into Armagnac instead of wine.
There is one short column still at the Domaine (almost 100 years old), which produces up to 50 to 60 casks of new spirit annually. The wine is distilled on its lees, and drawn off at 55 to 58%, depending on the harvest. Distillation is continuous through day and night and manually controlled to account for temperature and humidity changes. Once distilled the colourless spirit is aged in new 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. It is then transferred to older barrels in order that the tannins may mature slowly and therefore allowing the delicate, yet powerful flavours and aromas to develop.
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 Sigognac 1959 Vintage Armagnac is available in strictly limited quantities. Take a look at the Baron de Sigognac vintage chart here to see how the vintages vary across the years.
Also in 1959:
August 26th – The original Mini designed by Sir Alec Issigonis is launched
October 13th – The United States launches Explorer 7.
November 18th – MGM releases widescreen Technicolor version of Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston.