Baron Gaston Legrand Vintage 1984 Bas-Armagnac


40% ABV, 750 ml

Distilled in 1984, bottled in 2014, Aged 30 years in Oak casks.

An impressive expression from the little-known producer Baron Gaston Legrand, this 1984 vintage Bas Armagnac is a delicious treat. "Made from a blend of ugni blanc, folle blanche, and baco blanc grapes that were distilled in 1984, this offering from Baron Gaston Legrand was bottled in 2014 after 30 years of maturation. This hails from Bas-Armagnac, the most westerly region of Armagnac production in Gascony, located in France's southwest corner." The Distiller 96 Points

The Armagnac region is located 100 miles south of the city of Bordeaux and is divided into three subdistricts: Bas-Armagnac, Ténarèze and Haut-Armagnac. Bas-Armagnac (lower Armagnac, so named for its lower altitude) is close to the Pyrenees Mountains on the Spanish border. Its unique location provides a rich, sunny exposure, temperate climate, and excellent humidity in the spring and early summer. The sandy, acidic soil of Bas-Armagnac makes it the premier area for producing brandy grapes. Iron minerals in the sand give the wine a touch of color and contribute to its pleasant flavoring.

Composed mainly of Ugni Blanc, Lhéraud’s armagnacs are also produced from Folle Blanche that contributes elegance plus floral and fruity notes, as well as Baco Blanc that provides the traditional prune taste found in many armagnacs.

Rather than being double-distilled as cognacs are, most armagnacs — including Cognac Lhéraud’s — are  distilled only once. Distillation occurs in a traditional armagnac pot beginning in November or December and ending in February. Lhéraud armagnacs are aged in Limousin and Monlezun oak barrels, during which time evaporation concentrates the alcohol. As a result, armagnacs, like cognacs, are gradually cut with water, or petites eaux, a weak mixture of water and Armagnac, to bring their final alcohol level down to 40 percent or 80 proof.

Collections: Armagnac, Brandy, Spirits


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