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Armagnac Monluc 1981 01

Armagnac Monluc 1981

Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Armagnac age
Vintage
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Eye: Amber with shades of copper. 

Nose: Rich and complex aroma, where acacia flowers, honey, dried fruits and vanilla playfully intertwine. 

Palate: Harmonious, rounded taste full of floral notes, prunes, honey and oak, leading to seductive hints of sweet spices and a pleasant aftertaste. 

Description

Armagnac Monluc 1981: Mature, but Playful

Created from a blend of Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Bako Blanc grape varieties, this single vintage Armagnac has its roots in the hilly vineyards of upper Gascony. Benefiting from southern exposure, the calcareous clay soils here dry up quickly after heavy rains - providing the ideal conditions for grapes to slowly ripen and express a range of distinctive flavors. The Armagnac Monluc 1981 has been matured for several decades in 400-liter black oak barrels, developing sumptuous notes of honey, dried fruits and florals.

Faithful to their strong family traditions, Monluc is the seat of an important wine estate, where they produce Armagnac, Pays de Côtes de Gascogne wines as well as various liqueurs; the Château is located in Ténarèze where the soils give famously lively and dry wines. Here in the heart of Gascony, the area surrounding the Château de Monluc has been inhabited continuously since Neolithic times, with the castle evolving over centuries from the original wooden watchtower to the imposing walled mansion that it is today.

In the 16th Century, the castle was home to Blaise de Monluc (1500 - 1577), a Gascon captain who distinguished himself during his long military career to obtain the office of Marshal of France at the age of 74, in gratitude for services rendered for no less than five different kings of France. These days, it is home to the fifth generation of Armagnac producers, expressing a passion rooted in terroir and history. With the ardour of a Gascon captain, here they aim to help people discover and appreciate the art of Armagnac for years to come. 

Presentation of the Bottle

The classic, straight bottle features a deep punt and a wax emblem matching the foil. The label is intricate with rough-cut edges, calligraphy lettering and gold foil, while the vintage is prominently displayed. The wooden box features a simple gold clasp, emphasizing the elegant simplicity of this expression. 

How to Serve Armagnac Monluc 1981

We recommend trying this flavorful vintage Armagnac after dinner, paired with traditional Gascon pastries, black coffee or even a cigar. Pour into a tulip glass and let it rest for 30 seconds or so before taking a sip - this will allow the aromas to fully develop, giving the optimal drinking experience. 

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