The Baco 22 A is an original feature in France’s vine growing landscape. It is a hybrid, offspring of Folle Blanche and Noah, invented by a schoolteacher from the Landes, one Monsieur Baco, in the wake of the phylloxera invasion. It is particularly well adapted to the sandy soils of Bas-Armagnac where it produces eaux-de-vie which are full and smooth with hints of ripe fruit, especially after a lengthy ageing period.
– Appearance: A deep topaz hue with gold highlights.
– Nose: the nose is marked mainly by sweet spices with hints of roasted coffee and cinnamon. A very complex nose.
– In the mouth, the attack is pure/direct and lively. Very rich with a dominant of liquorice and preserved plume tannins. The finish is long marked by wood, toasted bread and spices.
– After opening, the bottom of the glass is deep with hints of preserved plums and apricots.
The Maison GÃ©las, created in 1865 by Baptiste GÃ©las, a barrel makerâs son, has been a family business for 150 years, and is Gascon heart and soul. It will take you through the different crafts and trades that have given birth not only to outstanding, vintage Bas Armagnacs, aged in casks in its chais or special storehouses, but also to a range of eaux-de-vie resulting from both know-how and a love of perfection. The Maison GÃ©las offers you the key to its nook of paradise, and will initiate you in the magic of ageing.
Gelas was born into liqueurs before it became one of the best houses of Armagnac with a collection of many old vintages, to make Armagnac Castarede jealous. Gelas is also famous for its single varietal Armagnacs defining the big differences between Baco, Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche.
He also experiments with great success one year or more cask finished Armagnacs in JuranÃ§on, Marsala, Pacherenc, Port, Sauternes, Sherry, and lately in the famous Australian De Bortoli Noble One and Black Noble casks.