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Chateau Du Busca 1983 Tenareze Armagnac

  • Chateau Du Busca 1983 Tenareze Armagnac

Chateau Du Busca 1983 Tenareze Armagnac

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  • Quantity Available: 10
  • SKU #: 10432
  • $174.99


Chateau Du Busca 1983 Tenareze Armagnac

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 10
  • SKU #: 10432
  • $174.99


Chateau Du Busca 1983 Tenareze Armagnac

This for us had a great balance of all the elements we look for in an old Armagnac. The nose shows a heady mix of dried orange peel, bruleed ruby red grapefruit, prunes, honey, walnut, white fudge, sandalwood, and warm baking spices. The palate has a harmonious mix of fruit, alcohol and barrel notes. D&M Tasting Notes

This area lies between Bas-Armagnac and Haut-Armagnac, covering the northwestern part of the department of Gers and the southern part of Lot-et-Garonne. Tenarèze is (compared to Bas Armagnac) a smaller growing region with very specific differences. The soils here consist of limestone and clay with a thin topsoil. (This is in fact very similar to the soils we find in Grande Champagne in Cognac.) While producers in Bas Armagnac plant more Baco and Folle Blanche, the producers of the area generally plant Ugni Blanc. This grape develops base wines with light and delicate flavors and zippy acidity. As a result the resulting eaux-de-vie needs much longer ageing in oak versus other Armagnac regions in order to come to full maturity.

Château du Busca is one of the oldest domaines in Armagnac. The château itself dates from 1649, built by a lawyer from the nearby town of Condom. This man, Thomas de Maniban became general legal counsel of the Toulouse parliament, and wanted a house that matched his stature in the region. According to master blender Alain Royer, it is the most beautiful 17th century building in the whole region. The house itself was built on the top of a hill and used as its foundation an 11th century fortified castle and its church. In the crypt under the altar are the tombs of the founders as well as the current owners.

After passing through four generations of the Maniban family it was sold in 1806 to the noble De Ferron family. Floriane de Ferron remains at the helm of the house and its 495 acre estate. While the original distillery remains on site, the wines were distilled by a roving distiller who arrived in the late fall and remained there as long as there was wine to be processed. The barrels used at Busca are coopered from oak of the region. (Gascon oak tends to have a tighter grain pattern and more tannin versus barrels that are utilized in Cognac.)

We must put forth a somewhat melancholy note. This bottle represents the end of an era. None of the Floraine’s children have an interest in taking over the house, and the Château has been for sale for a number of years. The vines are still in production on the estate but the resulting wines are vinified and distilled elsewhere. As Alain Royer mentioned to us via email: “...should an investor finally turn up, I am sure that the production will resume, but they will have no old inventory.” Further remarking on this bottle Alain called 1983 an exceptional year and “an Armagnac strong in character, powerful, full bodied, lush in texture: spicy [sic] mixed with dried plum flavors. This 1983, a rare vintage has all these characters with a delicate back note of sweet vanilla tannins…” We hope that you enjoy this taste of history. Michael Kennel, D&M

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