Château de Bordeneuve 1997
Armagnac, 700 ml
Well-balanced, this Armagnac is expressive in the nose. Heady floral fragrances, peony. A menthol freshness that expands into a fruitier register, apricots, stewed apples. Becomes increasingly animalistic, leathery. The palate is lively and characterised by woody and desserty notes. Opens with mint and violet. Slight acidity. The fruit becomes more dominant, plum. Overall: balanced, with a return to fruity and woody notes.
The delicate grape that defeated the philloxera
Armagnac: high-percentage, high-standing, authentic
Gascony, in southwestern France, has retained its authentic rural charm to this day. Very similar traits are attributed to the brandy originating from here, Armagnac. While young Armagnac can taste lively and fiery, old, decades-aged selections reveal enormous finesse with unique character. Vintage bottlings are particularly exclusive – and accordingly expensive.
France – Philosophy in a bottle
According to French philosophy, wine should be an expression of the soil and climate. They use the word “terroir” to describe this. Terroir makes every wine different, and many especially good. French wine is regarded worldwide as an expression of cultural perfection. The French believe that humans are responsible for the quality of the berries, the vine variety for their character, and nature for the quantity. This philosophy can be expressed succinctly as: “the truth is the vineyard, not the man.”