A 1989 vintage Delord Armagnac from the famed Bas Armagnac region.
The Delord house distillery is in the village of Lannepax. Delords vineyards grown colombard, ugni blanc and folle blanche grapes and they distil through alembic stills from November through to the end of December. The vintage of an Armagnac is determined by the grape harvest, so if distillation was to spill into the following year by a day or a so it would still take the year of harvest as its vintage.
Delord has a large and consistent range of vintages and they provide a fantastic window into how Armagnac ages. One of the great joys in life involves a lengthy parallel tasting of Delord vintages.
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Situated in Bas-Armagnac, vineyards are made up of Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche grape varieties. The distillery is to be found in the village of Lannepax, the ancestral home of the Delord family. The distillation, the most essential and fascinating stage in the production of Armagnac, takes place at the beginning of November through to the end of December. Their old Sier Armagnac alambics, that they wouldn't part with for all the gold in the world, produce less than 30 litres of eau-de-vie an hour. Delord cellars contain old treasured vintages and include more than 700 oak barrels that protect and age the Armagnac eau-de-vie dating from the 20th Century to the present day. Delord thanks to their vision have stored such quantities of good Armagnacs for such a long time that they have the resource to be very competitive in price for the same quality. They also concentrate on Armagnac styles, very rounded, soft and easy to drink, that they are amongst the most successful producers.