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Chateau De Pellehaut 1990 Tenareze Armagnac

  • Chateau De Pellehaut 1990 Tenareze Armagnac

Chateau De Pellehaut 1990 Tenareze Armagnac

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  • SKU #: 11134
  • $134.99


Chateau De Pellehaut 1990 Tenareze Armagnac

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 12
  • SKU #: 11134
  • $134.99


Chateau De Pellehaut 1990 Tenareze Armagnac

100% Ugni Blanc. In the glass this Armagnac shows a deep amber color with reddish-gold highlights, gently lightening at the rim. The nose shows notes of dried apricot, plums, candied orange, coconut milk, and baking spices. On the palate, the texture alone is soft and mouth-coating. Flavors of dried orange and dried stone fruits are joined by black pepper and savory herbs glide along the rich palate.  31 Years in oak. 47.5% ABV Charles Neal

Pellehaut sits at the top of a hill at 180 meters altitude overlooking the quaint village of Montréal-du-Gers. In fact, the name Pellehaut comes from the Roman pila haut, or high point. The château itself was constructed in the 18th century and faces the grand distant Pyrénées which can be seen in the distance on a clear day. Here we are in the heart of Armagnac, where the terrain sees a slight rise in altitude as well as a shift from the sand of the Bas-Armagnac to clay and limestone of the Ténarèze. Because of the higher clay and limestone content, spirits in the Ténarèze (in general) tend to be more structured at the beginning of their lives, unlike those in the Bas-Armagnac which tend to be softer and fruitier. This place and domaine is the life’s work of the Béraut family, who have resided in the town for four centuries. Two generations ago in the 1950s, Gaston Béraut made the decision to first take over the management of the small family holdings and began to add to the vineyard and land. This was a good time to purchase land in Gascogny as most of the neighbors sold their production to the large negociants and were not interested in ‘building their brand.’ In the 1970s, Gaston focused more precisely on Armagnac production after a series of encouraging awards in tasting competitions. When his sons Martin and Mathieu joined the family business after stints in Bordeaux and South America, they worked to bring their own mark on the family’s work.

Before the mid-1990s, Pellehaut’s Armagnacs were made up entirely of Folle Blanche, while Gaston’s sons switched the plantings to Ugni Blanc in the vineyards destined for use in Armagnac. The estate today covers 1300 acres, many of which are planted with grains or sunflowers, or used as grazing grounds for their herd of Blonde d’Aquitaine cows—whose compost helps to limit synthetic fertilizers. The Chateau is not a small operation with a total of 615 acres planted to vines. Now, a good amount goes into their table wine production but with such a bounty of plantings to call upon, it is no surprise that Pellehaut is the top producer in the Ténarèze.

This bottle was grown under the watchful eye of Gaston before his sons fully joined the business. It was from the excellent November 1990 distillation by Patrick Michalouski in one of his traveling column stills, exiting at 54% alcohol. The resulting spirit was initially put into a new 420-liter oak barrels made by the region’s top cooper Gilles Bartholomo. Unique versus many of their neighbors, at Pellehaut, spirits are left to age at their natural strength in barrels without the addition of any water or any other permitted additives. The impeccable aging of this Armagnac helps it remain youthful, even after over three decades in barrel. D&M

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