Armagnac Delors: overview, history, cooking technology, types
Delord – the most famous to date Armagnac House. The house Delor own workshop for the production of barrels for aging drink. They are made of velvety oak, which is also called “black”. Here they follow the rule, which was created by the founder of the house: Armagnac should ripen in a barrel, which saw the grapes ripen. So if you are lucky to see whole stacks of oak staves next to Delord vineyards, you should know that these are blanks from which barrels will be made later.
A brief history of the House Delors Gasconian Prospero Delors in the distant 1875 decided to build his own wine house to turn white wine into aromatic Armagnac. Since at that time Armagnac distillation was not very popular, it was a risky move, but Mr. Delors did not lose. For this case was chosen the best piece of land in the province. And soon 21 hectares of vineyards brought the first profit. Today the company is ruled by the fourth generation of the Delors family. Technology of cooking Armagnac Delors After the assembly of all four grape varieties, it is pressed and vinified each separately. Then sent to the wine cellar, where the correct temperature is maintained.
After that, the drink is sent to the extract. The cellars of the company have more than 1,000 barrels and a dozen oak barrels. The oldest wines are stored in Bonbonnes (glass bottle) away from light in a place called Paradise. When the wine is ripe, it is sent for distillation. Delors is the only House of Armagnac that uses two methods of distillation. Assortment Armagnac Delors House Delord offers blends of 3 years and more than 30 years of exposure, as well as unique specimens, dating from 1900. Handwritten labels and sealed bottle neck with sealing wax are the trademarks of Armagnac Delor around the world. Main blends: Fine Armagnac – a three-year-old young Armagnac has a noble light golden color and a rich bouquet of aromas with hints of dried apricots, raisins and a slight barely noticeable shade of vanilla.
The taste of the drink is memorable, it goes well in cocktails with various fruit juices and tonic. Armagnac VSOP is a discreet and elegant drink that is aged in oak and then collection barrels for at least 6 years. Armagnac has a rich amber color, delicate taste and excellent aroma. On the background of a bright fruit and floral bouquet, barely noticeable vanilla notes are captured. The deep taste of the drink is well revealed with several ice cubes. Hors d’Age – has a nut-amber color, rich and flexible taste, dominated by shades of vanilla and cocoa. The aroma of the drink is revealed gradually, in it you can catch notes of fruit, cocoa and vanilla.
This Armagnac is a great digestif, it goes well with coffee and cigars. As a snack, you can serve desserts, as well as with foie gras. 20 years old – this twenty-year-old Armagnac has a soft copper-amber color. The aroma captures notes of dried fruit and vanilla, and in the process of tasting you can feel the noble taste of cinnamon and nuts. 25 years old – the drink is endowed with an amber color with golden reflections and has a delicate aroma with pepper notes and spicy spices. Due to the long exposure, Armagnac’s taste is revealed gradually, with notes of cocoa, vanilla, nuts, and woody shades trapped in it. L’Authentique is a mixture of very old Armagnacs, collected from different barrels of the vintage collection of the House of Delord. A drink with a complex taste combines woody, vanilla and burnt notes with the aroma of prunes, nuts and dried fruits. L’Authentique has a dark amber color. Blanche Armagnac is a wonderful drink that has a crystal clear hue. The aroma and taste captured notes of fresh grapes, citrus, pear and green almond. Vintage collection: Amber Bas-Armagnac with orange highlights (1994) – the drink has a rich aroma with hints of candied fruit, vanilla, butter and cocoa.
Powerful taste endowed with notes of toasted toast and baked apples. Bas-Armagnac deep topaz with copper highlights (1984) – the aroma of the drink is endowed with woody and vanilla notes with a hint of candied orange, and the soft taste has a fruity and spicy aftertaste, which is set off by the scent of dried flowers. Amber Bas-Armagnac with a touch of old gold (1974) – it has a subtle aroma of aged wood, nuts and tobacco. A complex bouquet of flavors opens gradually, first the notes of roasted orange zest are picked up, and then shades of spices and wood appear, which are complemented by a light tobacco flavor. Amazing eau-de-vie with notes of mushrooms, wet earth, undergrowth and spices (1964) – the drink is endowed with an elegant amber-golden color, it is excellent in its pure form as a digestif. If you serve it during the main feast, you should take care of suitable dishes: game flambé, foie gras, smoked salmon or Gascon dishes.