Brandy - Armagnac

Chateau de Laubade VSOP Armagnac

From: France Liquor Review Category: Armagnac Brandy

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Tier 2
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013

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Proof66 Notes

Chatueau de Laubade was founded in 1870 by the Lesgourgest family who began expanding their ownership of wineries and distilleries in the region beginning in 1974 under the Vignobles Lesgourges name, when they first purchased 100 hectares in the Bas Armagnac region. The company remains family owned and independent to this day. Chateau de Laubade today owns 105 hectares of their own vineyards, distills their own product in a traditional alambic pot still, and ages using barrels made by their own cooper from selected trees. They use 7 different aging cellars to obtain the right blends of armagnac for their product as well as producing vintages.

Chateau de Laubade VSOP ("very special old pale") armagnac is a blend of Ugni Blanc, Baco, Colombard, and Folle Blanche grapes grown and produced in the Armagnac region. In the VSOP expression, they mention that the Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche are dominant and that the youngest of the eau de vie blends are aged 6 years... much longer than required for the VSOP label. To us, this means a much more robust, oak-drive armagnac than others in the class. They suggest looking for vanilla and prune flavor notes with a finish that lasts five minutes (!). 

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
Muncher Muncher (263) (2016-01-28)
This is my first armagnac, and I'm not impressed. Thin and hot are the two dominant words in my head to describe it. There's an awful "Canadian sour" like characteristic on the nose, palate, and finish with very few other characteristics worth noting. If I were to blindly attempt to differentiate between this and Black Velvet I'm not sure I'd be able to do it. Steer clear...unless you like bottom shelf Canadian whisky that is.
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