Ar­magnac and Food pair­ing, Think ouT­side The box!

VertdeVin - - Christmas Tips -

“each prod­uct have a typ­ic­ity due to the vin­tage, the grape and the work of the cel­lar” “The al­co­hol is very con­trolled, soothed and sim­ply de­li­cious”

Gilles de Bois­sé­son

Château de Lac­quy

What is your sig­na­ture? I mean, what makes it pos­si­ble to rec­og­nize your Ar­mag­nacs in blind tast­ing? The ter­roir of Château de Lac­quy, it’s still, and also the age­ing of our Ar­mag­nacs, make a round eaux-de-vie, with­out ag­gres­sive­ness, very straight, very com­plex and very long in the mouth. We are ag­ing our Ar­magnac ex­clu­sively in bar­rels of 420 liters and do this un­til bot­tling. For each vin­tage we use be­tween 40 and 50% new oak. All this al­lows us to add noth­ing to our Ar­mag­nacs: no dye, no wood, no sugar, no caramel. More­over, this ab­sence of ex­ter­nal ad­di­tions, the dis­til­la­tion and the grape ag­ing, the unre­duced vin­tages, of­ten pure grape va­ri­eties (Baco, Folle-blanche or Colom­bard), as­sem­blages of years pre­pared long be­fore their bot­tling, make all our prod­ucts dif­fer­ent from each other and each have a typ­ic­ity due to the vin­tage, the grape and the work of the cel­lar. Baco gives aro­mas more spicy than the Colom­bard. The lat­ter is more about candied fruits and white fruits. The FolleBlanche grape gives more flo­ral aro­mas. But de­pend­ing on the vin­tage, these aro­mas blend / assem­ble and be­come more com­plex in dif­fer­ent ways… Which wine would you rec­om­mend for the Christ­mas fam­ily meal? Can you rec­om­mend a food pair­ing for your Ar­magnac? This is a com­plex ques­tion be­cause it is rare to drink Ar­magnac dur­ing a meal… It is ob­vi­ous, how­ever, that a 7-year-old in a truf­fle tur­key stuff­ing (stuff­ing with­out sausage meat of course) is es­sen­tial for suc­cess of your Christ­mas meal. It will also ac­com­pany the tast­ing of this dish.

We can also ac­com­pany a baba or a souf­flé with Ar­magnac of our 7-year-old blend. Af­ter the Christ­mas meal, I will rec­om­mend a 12-year-old or a 17-year-old for ladies with dark choco­late (Peru, Ecuador, Bo­livia, Ghana), or a 1996 for gen­tle­men, al­ways with dark choco­late or a cigar.

Denis Les­gour­gues

Château de Laubade

What is your sig­na­ture? I mean, what makes it pos­si­ble to rec­og­nize your Ar­mag­nacs in blind tast­ing? Our Bas-Ar­mag­nacs are born in a well-known soil of the Gers, in the south­ern western part of Bas-Ar­magnac, known for its vir­gin sand soils. These light soils are per­fect for the king of Ar­magnac, the Baco. If this grape is well raised, well con­trolled, and es­pe­cially well blended with the oth­ers (Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colom­bard) it gives eaux-de-vie at the same time rich­ness, com­plex­ity, depth, but also offers a fine fi­nesse, no­tably in the fin­ish.

Our Bas-Ar­mag­nacs com­bine both what makes the in­ter­est and the dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter of the great ar­mag­nacs: char­ac­ter, con­trolled strength, com­plex­ity, but at the tast­ing they are also re­mark­able among the other Ar­mag­nacs for this ex­tra bal­ance and fi­nesse. This style can be found re­gard­less of the fam­ily of our col­lec­tion: in the clas­sic blend like the XO or the Ex­tra Sin­gle Es­tate, just like in our vin­tages, (15 years and many more) and fi­nally it is also true for our stock of ”he­do­nist” ar­mag­nacs: vin­tage Brut de fût (Sin­gle cask) or the L’In­tem­porel N ° 5. Which wine would you rec­om­mend for the Christ­mas fam­ily meal? Can you rec­om­mend a food pair­ing for your Ar­magnac? Two pos­si­bil­i­ties: the L’In­tem­porel N ° 5, which will de­light both de­mand­ing fans of great racy Bas-Ar­mag­nacs (with a 50% share of Baco in the blend) as well as neo­phytes or old rum drinkers who will ap­pre­ci­ate its sweet­ness, its el­e­gance and its pep­pery notes.

Oth­er­wise, to cel­e­brate the French foot­ball team: 2018, year of the sec­ond World Cup won by the french team, but also 1998 the 1st Cup! The Vin­tage 1998 in Brut de Fût (Sin­gle Cask) is a BasAr­magnac of 20 years of age, a very good age in the bal­ance and the length of mouth. Its nat­u­ral de­gree af­ter evap­o­ra­tion dur­ing 20 years (part for the an­gels) is dis­played at 52.1%. But the al­co­hol is very con­trolled, soothed and sim­ply de­li­cious.

Pair­ing: choco­late ganache, al­mond, prune and vanilla ice cream, tarte tatin. Espresso or amer­i­can cof­fee.

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