My first taste of Armagnac Lacguy was at Amanda’s house where we tried Lacquy 17 yrs old blend. It turned out to be one of the favorites that evening. Since then, I had paid a bit more attention to this house, even though we didn’t get the opportunity to visit during the press trip.
Lacguy is owned by the Boisséson family since 1711, that makes them one of the oldest houses in the Armagnac region. Today, Gilles de Boisséson is the 10th generation at the helm of Château Lacquy. Considered by Charles Neal as one of the finest producers, Gilles is a firm believer in traditional and deluxe cask strength armagnac, and the brand has been in many of the finest restaurants in France. The armagnac from Chateau de Lacquy doesn’t have any additives and it is not diluted.
I have been talking to Gilles frequently on Instagram DM and it surprised me a great deal that he has the time to entertain a curious girl from San Francisco and has been very patient in explaining everything I asked. I eventually picked up three bottles when in Europe and have just been in love with them since.
The first bottle I want to talk about is this unique pure colombard Bas Armagnac 2000. Colombard is one of the four popular grapes used in armagnac distillation, and often it is used in a small portion for blending. Baco grapes give the brandy a beautiful structure, Folle Blanche brings the floral notes while Colombard has lovely herbal notes – as I was told. Distilled in November 2000, bottled at 48%, this pure colombard armagnac has a rich and intense nose, love its spiciness and gingery notes that you don’t get in Armagnac often. I had it at a recent tasting at home; this bottle has become the favorite among my friends.
Lacquy has limited availability in the US today, but I hope this will change soon. It is much more available in Europe and you can even buy online and have them shipped.