Armagnac Jean Cavé 38 Ans Gamme Compte d’Age: Harmonious Maturity
Boasting an impressive age statement, the Armagnac Jean Cavé 38 Ans Gamme Compte d’Age has been matured for a minimum of 38 years in French oak. Produced from high-acidity Ugni Blanc grapes and distilled in the traditional manner using a continuous copper still, Armagnac has been made to impress. The casks selected for maturation were 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. Extended aging has given this expression a fantastic herbal note that moves from nose to palate.
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, clay and sand soils spread across rolling hills drenched in sunshine during the long summer; the grapes harvested in this region produce particularly acidic wines, perfect for distillation. It is still, however, the job of the Cellar Master to choose the best vintages and select casks for blending. With Armagnacs of this age, they can often include casks that have been handed from one generation to the next.
Monitoring the cellar environment is a central part of ensuring that the Armagnac matures correctly; luckily, the cellars at Maison Jean Cavé benefit from stable conditions thanks to an ancient waterway that passes under the floor. With steady maturation year-round, the casks here can rest easy, developing more complex notes as time passes. 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, to bring the strength down and create a wonderfully supple brandy.
Under the watchful eye of Henri Cavé, the fourth generation of the family, the team at Jean Cavé rely on years of skill and passion to produce an astonishing range of Armagnac. As guarantors of the estate, they honor the traditional 19th Century of production - and with the benefit of one hundred and thirty years of history, they maintain an incomparable collection that comprises very old vintages as well as young Armagnacs and blends.
Presentation of the Bottle
The apothecary-style bottle ensures that this release is both classic and modern. The detailed packaging includes a navy blue colour scheme, an oversized label on the neck, natural cork stopper, a luggage tag affixed around the neck and a large embossed glass emblem of a copper still. With its matching presentation box, this is simply a perfect gift for any Armagnac lover, or for anyone who is celebrating a 38th birthday or anniversary.
How to Serve Armagnac Jean Cavé 38 Ans
The perfect digestif, this is an Armagnac to enjoy in good company, on special occasions, or indeed any occasion when you have plenty of time to savor the moment. Pour into a tulip glass and wait a few moments to allow the aromas to fully open up before taking a sip. Simply wonderful.