About Labiette Castille 1988 Bas Armagnac
Founded in 1898 by an influential French statesman, the single estate that produces Labiette Castille Bas Armagnacs was purchased by the Lesgourges family in 1974. It is situated in the Bas Armagnac region, famous for having one of the finest terroirs of the Armagnac AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée ― controlled designation of origin).
Located at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, the terroir features a mix of sand and clay that is perfect for vineyards ― on their 260 acres of vineyards you can find Ugni Blanc, Baco, Colombard, and Folle Blanche varieties. The environmentally friendly and sustainable estate has a flock of sheep grazing throughout, providing natural organic fertilizer. In 1998 a 40-acre forest was planted, providing oak for their very own cooperage. They pride themselves on their premium Armagnac with an emphasis on traceability, authenticity, and environmental friendliness. The design of the brand features a tribute to D'Artagnan, the famous musketeer.
Labiette Castille 1988 Bas Armagnac is a millésime (vintage) Armagnac where all the grapes used in its creation were harvested and distilled in 1988. Each of the 4 varieties (Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Baco, and Folle Blanche) were distilled separately in an alembic column still. The eaux-de-vie were then aged exclusively in Gascony oak, each variety maturing separate from the rest. Finally, the Cellar Master selected the brandies from the same year and blends them into this rich and elegant expression.
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Brandy is typically produced from distilled wine and other fermented fruit juices like apples, pears, and other sweet fruits.
It is a perfect after-dinner digestif served neat or slightly warmed by holding the glass with your hands.
The kick can vary between 70-120 proof, and it gets its flavor from aging in wooden casks.
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