Gelas Armagnac 1959

Gelas 1959: These are essentially Baco with a little Ugni Blanc. Here we are at the apex of exchanges and the wood has provided its full quota of tannins and its aromas; it is time to decant the eaux-de-vie into glass demijohns in a place out of the light, where these Bas-Armagnacs Gélas will continue to age in storehouses—chais—built by Baptiste Gélas in 1875: Their development in glass demijohns will help to harmonize the aromas and preserve the rancio.- Oldest Bas Armagnac : slow development in glass demijohns enables the eau-de-vie to evolve – it is said to “digest” its elevage in wood. The various Bas Armagnacs differ in the way the wood works (type of heating) and the original degree of distillation. In very old eaux-de-vie (more than 100 years old) we can find the painstaking work of the cooper who used to dry the dowels (for about 12 years) and also wash the casks to remove the wood’s toxins. Today, modernity enables us to dry the dowels earmarked for the manufacture of 400 liters barrels in 18 months.   Shop more of the Vintage Range HERE  

Armagnac Gelas besides being amongst the very best is famous for his single varietal Armagnacs ( Folle Blanche, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Baco ) giving a sort of academic understanding of Armagnac. His fame is also due to the sheer number of Cask Finish ( Vosges Oak, Marsala, Oloroso, De Bortoli Noble One,  Swiss Amigne Mitis, De Bortoli Black Noble, Maury, Amarone Zanoni, Lynch Bages red and Lynch Bages White etc.)  

Family traces go way back to 1246, in the form of the King’s Musketeer, D’Artagnan (born Charles de Batz), but it was really not until around the middle of the 19th century that the Gélas family linked its own destiny to that of Armagnac. In 1865, Guillaume Gélas, a respected barrel maker, bequeathed his business to his son Baptiste, who in turn created the Maison Gélas. He duly moved into the premises currently occupied by the firm and embarked on the business of making and selling Armagnacs.

In 1910, his son Louis acquired a property planted with Manciet vines, the Château de Martet (Martet Castle) which is still in the family fold.

After the Second World War, Pierre followed in his father’s footsteps and lent the family firm an international dimension. He revolutionised his times by offering on an exclusive basis Armagnacs hailing from the terroirs or local regions of Bas Armagnac and La Ténarèze, at their natural degree of ageing, without reduction. This unique selection of proprietors lends the resulting product a fine reputation at the grandest of tables, be it in France or abroad.

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