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Chateau de Laubade Bas Armagnac 1969 French Armagnac Brandy 750mL

Chateau de Laubade Bas Armagnac 1969 French Armagnac Brandy 750mL
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Château de Laubade is not only the Armagnac region’s largest property exclusively producing Armagnac, but is also the No. 1 selling independent estate. The Lesgourgues family, owners of Château de Laubade, has forover three generations, made the property an undisputed benchmark in the Armagnac category. Laubade uses its own copper alambic stills and even has its own cooper on site, who fabricates around 100 new barrels each year. The wood comes from 100-to-150-year-old trees, and only approximately 10 percent of the tree is suitable for making the barrel staves. After air-drying for several years, the staves are hand-planed and assembled, using just metal hoops, into barrels. The cooper then toasts the inside of the barrel with a slow-burning fire. This toasting is critical in giving the Armagnac its wonderful color, and it activates the vanilla scents and other flavors in the wood that ultimately determine its complexity, depth and balance. The Laubade cellarmaster ages these complex spirits vintage by vintage using more than 2,800 barrels arrayed between 7 cellars. This incredible inventory, one of the most important in Armagnac, is vital in producing world-class product.

More than 80 different vintages are matured in Château de Laubade’s cellars. Each vintage entirely comes from a single harvest and distillation year. Each Vintage tells a particular story. A story dealing with the ongoing climate changes, with the unique Cellar Masters’ know-how that has followed one another, along the generations. The casks’ quality and the cellars’ temperature participate to the vintage special identity as well. Finally, each vintage is a particular chapter of the estate and draws on its long history, rich know-how and dedication to quality from several generations of men and women’s high involvement.

 

Château de Laubade only releases its vintages after a minimum of 15 years of ageing in oak casks from Gascony.

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