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SKU: GELAS12yrsOloroso

Gelas Bas-Armagnac Single Cask Oloroso (Sherry) Finish 12 years 54.3% 700ml

12 Years
It is not usual to present a strong Armagnac with 54% vol. but I have decided to follow an authentic approach of great Armagnac according to the balance of all flavours. Since 1896 Emilio Lustau has been proud to offer a wide range of the best quality Sherries. The range comprises more than forty wines originating from the three towns which make up the Sherry Triangle: Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Tasting Notes: Colour: Intense topaz amber with gold highlights, bright and limpid. Nose: Elegant with a multitude of spices, notes of pepper and nuts. Mouth: the attack is clean, the tannins very rich with beeswax notes and tobacco. The finish is very rich on the palate on coffee and cocoa. Empty glass: Dry fruits and tobacco.

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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