Laberdolive Bas Armagnac Vintage 1970 Domaine Du Pillon
The Laberdolive Bas Armagnac are hand made, vintage dated single-vineyard expressions of what a brandy should be. I’ve told you the stories before: the legend goes that Nikita Khruschev once diverted his elaborate and heavily-guarded entourage to visit the distillery to acquire a bottle; and French President Jacques Chirac brought along a Laberdolive 1972 to toast on a state visit to China. These bottles are in all the top restaurants in Europe; David Ridgway, chef-sommelier at La Tour d’Argent in Paris, said that Laberdolive is “considered for a long time to be the benchmark of Armagnac.
A 1970 Laberdolive Bas Armagnac grand-cru Bas Armagnac bottled in March 2015 at 44% by négociants Laberdolive from grapes grown at Domaine de Pillon.
Aromas of pear, pineapple, nectarine and tobacco meld in the glass; later scents of egg cream, vanilla and bacon fat come on board with aeration. Palate entry is biscuity, spicy, semisweet; at midpalate, intense tastes of butterscotch, light caramel, marzipan, nougat and cocoa bathe the taste buds. Aftertaste is long, tobacco-like and mapley; finish shows the early makings of rancio. A keeper.
Long-matured Bas Armagnac from Laberdolive, made with eaux-de-vie from Domaine du Pillon distilled back in 1970! An excellent gift for Armagnac enthusiasts.
Deep amber in color, expressive nose of vanilla, caramel and other tertiary notes. Full fat mouthful of surprising fruit flavors – did not think that any primary flavor would still be there. Nutty after taste and that rustic feeling you get from Armagnac. This would have be fantastic 10-15 years ago.