Laberdolive Vintage 1998 Bas Armagnac Domaine de Jaurrey
46% ABV, 750 ml, bottled July 2021
The Laberdolive Armagnacs 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."