The Delord family has been distilling brandy since 1875, first with a travelling pot still, then in 1925, setting up a permanent location. Five generations later, they are still at it, growing and fermenting Ugni blanc, Folle Blanch and Colombard grapes from the superior soils of Bas-Armagnac, distilling wine into brandy and aging it in Gascon oak barrels. We recently came across these vintage-dated Armagnacs and a small allocation was made available to us. They are priced well below their competitors of similar age.
The varieties in this brandy are Ugni Blanc and Bacco, a variety you don't see much anymore. Bottled at cask strength (47.5%), the amber colored spirit exhibits a wonderful aroma of Christmas spice. On the tongue, the brandy is explosive, warm-to-hot, very dry and exotically spiced. It's no shrinking violet.