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Baron de Sigognac 1972 Vintage Armagnac will make a superb 50th birthday present in 2020. So, if you know anyone celebrating a 50th birthday, or perhaps a 50th wedding anniversary, this will make a brilliant gift.
The Owners of Baron de Sigognac, The Guasch family, have been in Gascony since the 12th century. They have owned the château at Bordeneuve since 1974 and are 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 its production is distilled into Armagnac instead of wine. Their vineyards are located in Bas Armagnac, which is considered by many to be where the best Armagnacs come from. There is one short column, alembic 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 clear, colourless spirit is aged in new oak barrels for nearly a year. It is then transferred to older barrels for a longer, slower maturation. 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).
These rare vintage Armagnacs are available in strictly limited quantities. Baron de Sigognac 1972 Vintage Armagnac is presented in a wooden gift box.
Also in 1972
February 4th – Mariner 9 sends pictures as it orbits Mars
March 15th – The Godfather has its premiere at the Loew’s State Theatre in New York City.
July 11th – Curtis Mayfield releases the soundtrack to the 1972 film, Super Fly.
From Baron de Sigognac: “Rich Amber in colour. Elegant and harmonious nose with lovely flavours of dried fruits, well blended with wood. Full and powerful in the mouth, showing woody and spicy notes leading to a superb finish of candied fruits.”
Perfect as served in a large brandy balloon as a digestif. Great with a Cuban cigar.