Chateau de Leberon 1964 Armagnac Ténarèze
Chateau de Leberon // Ténarèze, France
The front label of Leberon's releases reads "Brut de Fût." This roughly translates into "raw from the cask" -- a poetic way to explain the core philosophy both at Leberon and Domaine d'Aurensan the sister estates in Ténarèze run by the sisters Rozes. All of their brandies are made with zero additives and bottled unfiltered at cask strength -- truly a timepiece of how Armagnac used to be made. Barrel management is key if one plans on releasing a spirit at the ripe age of 51. The sisters harvest lumber from their land and don't completely fill them in order to allow breathing room that creates a slow, noble oxidation.
ArmagnacBrandy distilled in a delimited region within France from specified grapes . Typically, only single-distilled, but not required. Aged in oak. Minimum aging: if VS-1 year (2 years, if exported), VSOP-5 years, XO-10 years (as of April 2018. Previously 6 years), Hors d’Age-10 years.
Cask TypeLocal Gascony Oak
"At over five decades, this Armagnac is a kaleidoscope of rancio, pimento, five-spice, anise candy, and preserved fig. The alcohol has broken down completely to a warm, glycerol, tide softly washing the dark flavors across the palate. The finish continues to reverberate the earlier flavors and lasts and lasts and lasts. Only 120 liters exist. The perfect birth year splurge that could be enjoyed for years to come. "