Comte de Lamaestre Bas Armagnac 1979 700ml
Armagnac from the Bas region is considered to have the most finesse, also tending to yield spirits that are very supple in their youth. Plantings are mostly Bacco and Ugni Blanc. The Northwestern portion of the Bas-Armagnac (known casually as the Grand Bas Armagnac) has a concentration of quality producers, especially in the department of Les Landes. Comte de Lamaestre is among the best.
The 1979 has a deep polished copper colour and has sweet aromas of dates, toffee apple, vanilla, chocolate and nutmeg. The palate is full-bodied, plush and round with medium dry flavours of dates, cocoa and soft spice perfectly counterpointed by drying, grippy tannins. Dried apricot, nutmeg and clove aftertaste reverberates with surprising length, echoing back minutes after the final sip.