A simply incredible Armagnac, distilled in 1964 and aged for fully 51 years. One of the smaller Domaines in Armagnac, the ancient farmland has been tended to by the Faget family since 1820. The estate’s vineyard stretches across a west-facing plateau, receiving plenty of sunlight, and rich in both limestone and clay. This soil might sound inauspicious, but it is in fact perfect for the cultivation of grapes with excellent flavour. On this land the Chateau grows a mixture of Colombard and Ugni-Blanc grapes, occasionally also using Gros-Manseng too.
Considering that the Chateau only distils for a month or so a year (despite maintaining their own distillery onsite), it is astonishing that there are as many old vintages resting in their cellars. This particular bottling is a real feast of flavours, having been kept in 400 litre French oak casks for over half a century. A deep rich Armagnac which greets the drinker immediately with notes of coffee, spice, chocolate and raisins. On the palate it is dense and chewy, but retains its balance with a surprising amount of fresh fruits for a spirit of this age. The finish lingers with notes of creamy oak, vanilla and light tobacco. This spirit is non-chill-filtered and natural in colour, adding to its richness and authenticity. A truly indulgent treat.