Armagnac Baron Legrand: history, overview of species and tastes
The province of Gascony in France, which is also called the “Armagnac valley” has three subregions: Bas-Armagnac, Haut-Armagnac, Tenareze. Each of them is famous for its land and vineyards. But the most prestigious area for doing business is considered the Lower Armagnac (Bas-Armagnac). It is here that the famous Armagnac Baron G. Legrand (Baron Legrand) is produced. A brief history of the brand and the House of Lero History briefly Mark Armagnac Baron Legrand belongs to the Brandy House Lheraud (Lero). For the first time about this estate started talking in 1680, then the company was run by a certain Alexander Lero.
But in 1970, the furrows of the board passed to Guy Lero and to emphasize this status, Guy launched the production and sale of brandy under his own name “Cognac Guy Lheraud”. To expand the product line, the company Lero bought the estate with a large stock of aged Armagnac. That is how Baron Legrand got into the Lheraud Brandy House. Today, Armagnac manor has about 80 hectares of land on which the best varieties of grapes grow.
Features of production As is well known, most of the French Armagnac houses use the double distillation method in the production process, but the Lero company tends only to one distillation. For aging Armagnac Baron Legrand use only new oak barrels, in which the drink spends about 6-7 years. During this time, the grape spirit has time to draw in all the aromas of the tree, and will turn a rich amber color. Then Armagnac poured into old barrels for slow maturation. It is important to note that, unlike cognac, Armagnac in such barrels can be no more than 40 years. According to experts, for just so many years this drink can retain its taste.
And at the final stage of maturation, the drink is poured into glass bottles. The Lheraud house with great trepidation approaches the choice of the tree from which barrels are made for aging Armagnac. For this business, only old, age-old oaks are used, on which there are very few various knots. Collections Baron G. Legrand Cognac House Lheraud presents six unique collections of drinks, ranging from more modern items, ending with vintage drinks of 1935. Vieil Armagnac 1935 – Armagnac has a magnificent amber color. Taste and bouquet of flavors are balanced, have a hint of dried fruit, citrus, and woody notes in the aftertaste.
This drink is recommended to serve as a digestif, but it can also be put on a festive table, with a well-thought-out menu. Which will include game flambés, gourmet sausages, foie gras and national Gascon dishes. Bas Armagnac 1964 – the drink has a rich amber color with golden hues, soft woody taste and a spicy aftertaste. The aroma traces an interesting combination of wet wood and dried fruit. Sommeliers strongly recommend serving it after a main meal with Agen prunes, raspberries, cherries or oranges. Bas Armagnac VS – in the taste of the drink there are vanilla notes and a long warming aftertaste. The fragrance has many fruit shades.
Armagnac VS has a rich amber color. Bas Armagnac VSOP – a drink with a touch of amber and a wonderful fruit flavor. The bouquet captures the light aromas of fruit, vanilla and wooden barrel. Armagnac VSOP can be served as a digestif in tandem with coffee or cigar. Carafe Elisa Bas Armagnac 1963 (Coffret Collection P.G.Carafe Cristal) – Armagnac beautiful dark amber color. In the process of tasting a pleasant oily taste with harmonious herbal tints is felt. The aroma opens gradually, notes of chocolate, oak and walnut prevail in it. Bas Armagnac 1975 Reproduction of the 17th Century Pansye Bottle (2L) – a luxurious amber-colored drink that has a rich, velvety taste, which reveals a gamut of dried fruit shades with a wonderful finish. The aroma contains licorice, woody and vanilla notes. As the Gascons say: “Cognac is like a girl, and Armagnac is a mature woman with experience, very changeable, which not everyone will risk acquainting her mother.” Perhaps, having tried this elegant drink once, you will become its true connoisseur.