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Armagnac Marcillac Vintage Collection 1995

Highly Recommended 87 /100
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Bottle size
750ml
ABV
44%
Armagnac age
Vintage
Brand
Armagnac Marcillac

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Eye: Mahogany with copper reflections. 

Nose: Elegant, with noble scents of oak, toasted nuts, vanilla and candied orange. 

Palate: Beautiful combination of structure and finesse; soft fruits (prune), dried fruits (fig) and wood. Long and persistent finish with a touch of rancio.

Description

Armagnac Marcillac Vintage Collection 1995

Harvested in 1995, the grapes used for the Armagnac Marcillac 1995 were pressed and left to ferment naturally. While it was distilled the following winter, note that the vintage of an Armagnac corresponds exclusively to the year of harvest. On leaving the alembic still, the eau-de-vie is transparent, with an alcohol percentage between 52% and 60%. This spirit is powerful and aromatic, but softened over time in oak casks, where it also gains an extraordinary rich hue. This particular release has been matured for several decades in Gascon oak, with only 500 bottles produced at an ABV of 42%. 

Located in the Lot-et-Garonne region near the city of Agen, the Marcillac Armagnac estate dates back to the 12th Century when it was founded by Prémonté monks. The monastery was acquired in 1730 by a wine merchant from Bordeaux who restored it and converted it into a castle, which was fashionable at the time, and focused on developing the vineyard and wines. The current family acquired the estate in the year 1900 and started distilling wine to make Armagnac following the exact same vinification, distillation and aging processes that the monks followed centuries before. 

The sandy, gravel-rich soil of Lot-et-Garonne is similar to that of Bas Armagnac, producing Ugni Blanc grapes that result in powerful Armagnacs which are superior for aging. The old chapel at the castle, made with thick stone walls, provides the perfect location to age eaux-de-vie for extended time periods. Combining the wonders of a superb region with the perfect conditions for aging, you simply can’t fail to get a great result. Today, the production at Marcillac is run by Robert, fourth-generation winemaker on the estate. Although he has brought some innovation and modernity to the company, he still strictly makes his Armagnac using traditional methods. 

Presentation of the Bottle

Shown in the ‘basquaise’ bottle style characteristic of this producer, the Marcillac 1995 has been traditionally hand-sealed with rose gold wax. The rose gold color is also used for the lettering printed on the bottle, creating a subtle contrast against the deep color of the liquid contained within. Each bottle has been individually numbered by hand. 

How to Enjoy Armagnac Marcillac 1995

We recommend serving this elegant vintage Armagnac with a cheeseboard or fruit-based desserts. Serve in tulip glasses, and allow the spirit to rest for up to a minute to let the aromas concentrate, expressing the full flavors of this single harvest. 

About Armagnac Marcillac

With its sandy, gravel-rich soils, Lot-et-Garonne is similar to that of Bas Armagnac, producing Ugni Blanc grapes that result in powerful Armagnacs which are superior for aging. Meanwhile, the chateau, made with thick stone walls, provides the perfect location to age eaux-de-vie for extended time periods. These conditions allow Maison Armagnac Marcillac to produce well-aged vintage products of premium quality and tasting characteristics. Combining the wonders of a superb region with the perfect conditions for aging, a spectacular result is always granted. Run by Robert, a fourth-generation winemaker on the estate, today the brand brings forward both innovation and modernity to the company, while still remaining true to the traditional methods of Armagnac production through years of dedication and craftsmanship.

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