Armagnac and Food pairing, Think ouTside The box!
“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.
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.