"'...creamy textured and semi sweet....' Five Stars, Highly Recommended / Best Buy" (P. Pacult, Spirit Journal)
Top 50 Best Buy Spirits 2006 & 2007. "Highly Recommended / 90-95 / Best Buy" (Wine Enthusiast)
Born in 1875, Prosper Delord started the company as an itinerant distiller. He gained a reputation for his dedication and expertise by carting his traveling pot still around to the farms in the Bas Armagnac region. He later married Marie Duffau and in 1925, they officially founded the company with their son Gaston and established the business as a permanent site in Lannepax. The Armagnacs were sold under the two names, Delord or Marie Duffau, each named taken from a Grandmother of the family. Today, great grandsons Jerome and Sylvain carry on the same tradition, having established a reputation for quality that is unsurpassed. Owners of a prime 30 hectare vineyard in the heart of the Bas Armagnac, (widely known as the 1st Cru), they have been distilling, ageing and blending their eaux-de-vie the exact same way their great grandfather did. Their ageing cellars contain Armagnacs dating back to 1904. When touring the distillery and ageing cellars, it feels as if time has stopped and you almost expect to see grandfather Prosper coming around the corner pulling his itinerant pot still with the help of his two cows. Even though the company’s main business name is still Delord, they have always been selling under both names Delord or Marie Duffau.
The great success of Marie Duffau Armagnac is owed in part to: - Use of high quality fruit, harvested from the best soils of the Bas Armagnac. - No use of pesticides or fertilizers - A good use of the grape varietals : 70% Ugni blanc (gives a good foundation), 20% Baco (gives roundness), 5% Colombard (herbal aromas) and 5% Folle Blanche (floral notes) - A particularly slow single distillation process - A distillation at low temperature (around 54 to 58 degrees), which enables more flavors, fatty acids and character to remain in the spirit. - A distillation in small batches - Use of 10% Gascon oak to give good tannins, darker color and beautiful spices.