Armagnac Jean Cavé 30 Ans Gamme Compte d’Age: Exceptional Maturity
With three decades of maturation, the Armagnac Jean Cavé 30 Ans Gamme Compte d’Age has developed an exceptional depth of flavor that can only come from delicate, extended contact between spirit and wood. Made from Ugni Blanc grapes and distilled in a continuous copper still, this is a traditional, yet modern, Armagnac. The casks used for maturation have been made from a particular wide-grained variety of oak found in the Gascon forest, toasted to a medium char to develop rich sweetness and tannins.
Armagnac is a grape brandy produced in the Gascony region of south-west France, between the Adour and Garonne rivers by the foothills of the Pyrenees, as it has been since at least the 15th century. Here, the sand and clay terroir spreads across rolling hills drenched in sunshine during the long summer; the flavorful grapes harvested across this region produce particularly acidic wines, perfect for distillation. However, it is the job of the Cellar Master to ultimately choose the best vintages, nurture the casks - sometimes handing them to the next generation - and select the perfect combinations for blending.
Monitoring the cellar environment is a central part of ensuring that the Armgnac matures correctly; luckily, the Maison Jean Cavé cellars benefit from stable humidity and temperatures thanks to an ancient waterway that passes under the floor. With this advantage, the casks here can rely on steady maturation year-round. Each release is bottled in the cellar, which means you taste each drop precisely the way it was intended. As well as blending, the Cellar Master at Jean Cavé takes charge of alcohol reduction by adding ‘petites eaux’ (little waters), a blend of old Armagnac and distilled water.
Under the watchful eye of Henri Cavé, the fourth generation of the family, the team at Jean Cavé work with years of skill and passion behind them. As guarantors of the estate, they make sure that Armagnac is made here the same way as it was in the 19th Century. With the benefit of one hundred and thirty years of tradition, they maintain an incomparable collection that comprises very old vintages as well as young Armagnacs and blends.
Presentation of the Bottle
With its stunning apothecary-style bottle, the design of this release is strikingly modern. The detailed packaging includes dark green labels - including an oversized label on the neck - a large natural cork stopper, a luggage tag and embossed glass emblem. The presentation box makes this a perfect gift for any Armagnac lover, or for anyone who is celebrating a 30th birthday or anniversary.
How to Serve Armagnac Jean Cavé 30 Ans
This well-aged Armagnac is the perfect digestif, best enjoyed neat in a tulip glass. Try pairing it with a buttery, crumbly dessert to bring out its toasted pastry flavors - or why not try it with a light cigar.