This bottle was hand selected by us. Distilled in 1990 from a combination of Baco 22A, Ugni Blanc and Colombard, assigned barrel number 93004, and left to age in Chai Number 5. Laubade is known for using a large number of new oak casks for their distillation and aging, and from the richness and presence of this bottling we suspect it was a new barrel. After a 29ish year slumber, the cask was sampled and selected by us in early January of this year. It was bottled at cask strength: a hearty 50.5% alcohol by volume. The nose of this 1990 shows a richer and rounder side of Bas Armagnac with aromas of dulce de leche, spun sugar, orange peel, coconut, peanut, and oak barrel spice. The palate has a welcome cask strength presence to it with orange peel, figs, peppercorn, dulce de leche and peanuts to finish up. This lingers nicely on the palate for upwards of 20 seconds. D&M Tasting Notes
Château de Laubade is located in the small village of Sorbets, in the heart of the Bas Armagnac. The château was originally built in 1870 with a distinctive take on the Victorian style. Early in the 20th Century, the Chateau was owned by the Ambassador to St. Petersburg during the Russian Revolution, Joseph Noulens. The great statesman led quite a life; his second wife Jeanne Paquin is considered to have been Coco Chanel’s primary muse. The vineyards surrounding the house were used by Mr. Noulens as a pilot farm, useful when he was named as Agriculture Minister in 1919. Jumping ahead in history, in 1974 Maurice Lesgourgues bought Château de Laubade. At the time, he said seeing the house was love at first sight. Not only was the property exceptional, but the terroir was excellent and the chais (warehouses) on the property were full of the work from the previous owners. Maurice’s son Jean-Jacques immediately started work on the property, upgrading the facilities, while maintaining the look and feel of the house. Since 1998, the third generation of the Lesgourgues family, Arnaud and Denis, have carried on the torch of excellence for Château de Laubade.
Today the house has 260 acres under vine. To put that in perspective: in San Francisco their holdings would be ten square city blocks. While their vineyards are large, they put a great deal of effort into growing sustainable grapes, using sheep instead of pesticides for weed suppression. There are currently four grape varieties planted: 47% of the vineyards are Ungi Blanc, 30% Baco 22A , 15% Colombard, and finally 8% is planted with Folle Blanche. All of the distillation occurs on the property in their own alembic still and distillation is done one grape varietal at a time. The 78 acres of the grape Baco 22A represents the largest planting of that grape variety in Gascony. Michael Kennel, D&M
* In March 2019 our hand selected bottle won Double Gold at the SF Spirits Competition.
Chateau De Laubade 1990 Bas-Armagnac
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- SKU #: 7027