Bas Armagnac Delord

Core line of Delord Bas Armagnac: Napoleon, XO and 25 Ans d'Age
Prosper Delord with his sons, Gaston and Georges.    ©Armagnac Delord
Prosper Delord with his sons, Gaston and Georges. ©Armagnac Delord

Born in 1875, Prosper Delord started the company as an itinerant distiller. He gained a reputation for his dedication and expertise by carting his traveling pot still around to the farms in the Bas Armagnac region. When his son Gaston took over in 1925 he officially founded the company name and established the business as a permanent site in Lannepax.

 

Current generation, Sylvain (left) and Jerome (right) with their father Jacques (2nd left) and Uncle Pierre.
Current generation, Sylvain (left) and Jerome (right) with their father Jacques (2nd left) and Uncle Pierre.

Today, great grandsons Jerome and Sylvain carry on the same tradition, having established a reputation for quality that is unsurpassed. Owners of a prime 30 hectare vineyard in the heart of the Bas Armagnac, (widely known as the 1st Cru), they have been distilling, ageing and blending their eaux-de-vie the exact same way their great-grandfather did. Their ageing cellars contain Armagnacs dating back to 1904.

 

Delord vintages and bottling in the 50s.
Delord vintages and bottling in the 50s.

When touring the distillery and ageing cellars, it feels as if time has stopped and you almost expect to see grandfather Prosper, coming around the corner pulling his itinerant pot still with the help of his two cows.

 

 

Delord Bas Armagnac

Technical information:

  • Use of high quality fruit, harvested from the best sandy soils of the Bas Armagnac.
  • No use of pesticides or fertilizers.
  • A good use of the grape varietals: 
    • 57% Ugni blanc (gives a good foundation)
    • 16% Colombard (herbal aromas)
    • 15% Folle Blanche (floral notes)
    • 12% Baco (gives roundness
  • A particularly slow single distillation process.
  • A distillation at low temperature (around 52 to 58 degrees), which enables more flavors, fatty acids and   character to remain in the spirit.
  • Use of 10% Gascon oak to give good tannins, darker color and beautiful spices.
  • More ageing than required by law. 

Tasting Notes

Bas Armagnac Napoléon

Woody nose with hints of “rancio” to come. Discreet aromas of vanilla and fruit are satisfying and smooth. Min. 10 years old

 

REVIEWS

Gold Medal (Bartender Spirits Awards, 2021)

"91 points, Excellent" (Ultimate Spirits Challenge) 

Gold medal: 94 points. "Outstanding, Best Buy (Beverage Testing Institute, Chicago) 

"Superb, Highly recommended, best buy" (Wine Enthusiast)

Bas Armagnac XO

This exceptional XO displays a masterful balance of ripe fruit, wood and buttery orange pound cake. Smooth and deep with a wealth of rancio.  

Min. 15 years old.

 

REVIEWS

96 points. "Look for rich flavors and dark spices: toffee, burnt caramel, dark-roast coffee, deeply toasted gingerbread embellished with clove and black pepper. The notably long sweet-and spiced finish will not quit." (Wine Enthusiast, 2021)

 

4 stars. Highly Recommended.

"Sandy brown / topaz color; immaculately clean. I like this opening aroma as I encounter floral / garden-like scents of jasmine, honeysuckle, and green vegetation, along with latent orchard fruit aromas; after more aeration, the bouquet turns a bit like textile fibers, linen, and cotton fiber before turning mildly nut-like. Entry is engagingly sweet, caramel-like, brown sugar-like, and chewy in texture; at midpalate, more fruit aspects emerge in the forms of black raisins, prunes, and dates. Concludes appealingly long in the throat, moderately lush in texture, medium oily, and peppery. The progressive nature of the innate quality of the Bas-Armagnac is obvious, in particular, from entry to the alluring finish." 

(Paul Pacult, The New Kindred Spirits 2021)) 

 

96 points "Light copper in color, but rich and unctuous in the mouth, with a long velvety finish. Delord XO is a dense and complex 15-year-old with scents of wildflowers and spring herbs, flavors of orange zest, fig, nougat, and a gorgeous, lengthy crème brûlée finish. Excellent value that could convince a committed Bourbon drinker to embrace French brandy." (Vinous, Jul 2018)

 

Gold medal (Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2015) 

 

97 points  (Wine Enthusiast, 2012) 

 

92 points "Excellent" (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2010) 

 

4 1/2 stars (Doug Frost & Tim Fish, New York Times) 

 

Gold medal (Concours Agricole de Paris, 2010)

Bas Armagnac 25 Years Old

This superb blend displays flavors or cocoa, spices, vanilla, raisins, walnut and cinnamon. Its finish is long, silky and biscuity. 25 years old. 

 

REVIEWS

97 points. "Vanilla bean and allspice aromas entice on the nose. The bold, complex palate opens with oak and caramel brushed with toffee and espresso, finishing with a grip of tannins and plum skin dryness. Walnut and clove frame the exit." (Wine Enthusiast, 2021)

 

5 stars, Highest Recommendation.

"Mahogany color; superb clarity. I get buttery notes upfront that give way to bigger fragrances of citrus peel, meringue, egg white, and black tea; secondary inhalations after more aeration discover subtle notes of lime / citrus, black tea, and white raisins. Entry is sensationally clean, zesty, and defined by the notable presence of citrus rind, white raisins, kiwi, nutmeg, clove, and oak nuances; midpalate continues the subtlety found in the entry stage as the quiet merging of the fruit, acid, baking spice, and fatty oak elements creates a sophisticated and integrated core flavor that's about as sublime as mature Bas-Armagnac can get. The finish is a savory masterpiece of grape brandy balance, subtle strength, and integration. . This bas-armagnac could have no other score but five stars.” (Paul Pacult. The New Kindred Spirits 2021)

 

Chairman's Trophy, 97 points. "Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation" (Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2020)

 

This Bas-Armagnac could have no other score but Five Stars." (Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, Dec. 2018)

 

Gold medal (Concours General Agricole, Paris, 2018 & 2016) 

 

Gold medal (Talents d'Armagnac, 2017-2018)  

 

97 points "Delord’s 25-year-old is surely deep and complex, but it surprises with its vibrance and

freshness. Perky, patisserie aromas of pineapple cake, candied ginger, and orangette

entice, then give way to darker notes on the palate of chocolate, coffee, and hints of

rancio, culminating in a rich finish of walnut, membrillo, and cheese that lingers for what

seems like hours." (Vinous Jul. 2108)

 

"This is the ultimate hand-crafted spirit." (May Matta-Aliah of In The Grape) 

 

96 points. (Wine Enthusiast, 2012) 

 

Top Score, Chairman's Trophy: 97 points. "Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation" (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2011) 

 

Gold Medal, Prix du President de la Republique (Concours des Grandes Eaux de Vie d'Armagnac) 

 

5 stars. "Highest Recommendation, Best Buy" (Spirit Journal, 2006) 

 

"Top 50 Best Spirits 2006." "Top 10 Best Armagnacs 2006" (Wine Enthusiast)

Bas Armagnac L'Authentique

The Armagnac in Delord Authentique spent an average of 30 years in oak barrels, first in heavily-charred new French oak, before finishing in older barrels. Pairs well with fruit tarts, particularly pear, and almonds.

 

L'Authentique is an assemblage of very old Armagnacs born of the selection of different barrels representing, in our minds, the most emblematic vintages of our house. 

 

An Armagnac with great complexity marrying notes of vanilla, wood, and roasted coffee beans with aromas of prunes, walnuts, and dried fruit. A Bas Armagnac with true Gascon character! Bonne degustation!

- Sylvain & Jacques Delord

  

REVIEWS

5 Stars. Highest recommendation. First nosing passes present me with oodles of baked fruits, in particular pears and pineapple, as well as earthier scents of cooking oil, oak two-by-four, mace, and led pencil; further aeration stimulates deeper, wood-tinged fragrances of maple fudge, resin, and unsalted brown butter. Entry soars with roasted/toasted oak and fruit flavors, especially baked pear, and presents a focused taste profile that's rich in texture and almost rum-like in flavor intensity; midpalate is this brandy's pinnacle moment as the aspects identified in the latter bouquet stage and the entry merge into a singular flavor that’s baked, fruity, bittersweet, caramelized, peppery, and sinewy in texture.  Concludes extra long in the throat, honeyed, raisiny, and perfectly proportioned. A Delord touchstone moment." (Paul Pacult, The New Kindred Spirits 2021)

 

Chairman's Trophy! 96 points! Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

"Aromas of baking spices, nutmeg and grilled stone fruit play on the nose. Spicy at first in the mouth, then developing into tobacco leaf and hints of caramel. The layers continue to unfold as you sip." (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2018)

 

5 stars! Highest Recommendation

"Tawny/ Bronze color; superb purity. Entry soars...and presents a focused taste profile that's rich in texture and almost rum-like in flavor intensity; midpalate is this brandy's pinnacle moment... Concludes extra long in the throat, honeyed, raisiny, and perfectly proportioned. A Delord touchstone moment." (Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, 2018)

 

Gold Medal (International Spirits Challenge, London, 2013)

Delord Création No. 9

A selection of four vintages from the 1980s and 1990s, chosen for their fruit-forward qualities. Aged in new French oak barrels and finished in older barrels. Bottled at 44.1% ABV.

 

Elegant nose with aromas of vanilla, cacao, and citrus. The palate offers complexity with notes of rancio, spices, and tobacco.  

 

REVIEWS

Finalist! 96 points! 

"This brandy pours an attractive limpid pecan skin hue and shows aromas of candied walnuts, toasted almond, and hints of white fruit. Nutty flavors of rancio continue on the palate and are bolstered by tones of spring flowers, dried apricot, and lavender." (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2021)

Delord Blanche Armagnac

Blanche Armagnac Delord

Blanche is a new A.O.C. (Appellation d'Origine Controlée) approved in 2005. It represents a renaissance of traditional Armagnac eau-de-vie rekindled by the producers. Coming from the same Armagnac terroir, it is the result of  a thousand year old savoir-faire of distillation.

 

The new AOC defines the production conditions of the Blanche:

  • It can only be produced in the Armagnac zone from parcels of vines already identified.
  • It can be produced with the four main grape varietals from Armagnac; Ugni Blanc, Baco, Folle Blanche or Colombard. (Delord's Blanche Armagnac is produced wholly from Colombard grapes and is the only such one currently available on the market). 
  • It must be kept in inert containers as soon as the distillation is finished and can only then be considered for assessment after three months of maturation.

TASTING NOTES
Delord’s Blanche is rich and fruity, strong and round, and therefore can be consumed in a variety of ways:  

  • Pure, at room temperature, chilled or with an ice cube, just so you can appreciate the true beautiful flavors and roundness
  • With caviar, smoked fish and numerous desserts such as lemon tart, key lime pie, tart tatin and lemon sabayon.
  • In a variety of cocktails: it marries well with citrus flavors, red berries, kiwi, and chocolate. Use Delord Blanche as a replacement for vodka in any cocktail to add a depth of flavor. 

REVIEWS

90 points, Excellent, Highly Recommended 

”Bright and fresh on the nose, with allusions to quince, pearl skin, nectarine, white flower, and grapefruit marmalade. Soft and almost juicy on the palate, with tropical melon and pear opening up over a deep mineral base and touches of almond skin”.

 

Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2022

 

Gold medal

Concours General Agricole, Paris, 2022, 2018, and 2017

 

Gold medal

Talents d'Armagnac, 2016

 

"5 stars / Highest Recommendation"

Spirit Journal, Paul Pacult, Sept 2010

 

"93 points / Excellent / Highly Recommended"

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011

 


Vintages

Delord Armagnac Vintages

Delord 1989: 

Gold medal, Concours General Agricole, Paris


Delord 1996: 

Distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2016. Aged 20 years in oak barrels.

 

Finalist. 95 points. 

"Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation"

"Beeswax, vanilla beans, French pastries and soft floral notes on the nose. Rich and ripe on the palate, this Armagnac shows layers of complexity, notes of sourdough, brown butter, roasted nuts and dried berries. Long and persistent finish."

 

Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2017

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Floc de Gascogne

The traditional aperitif of the Gascogne region, Floc de Gascogne is a blend of local sweet grape juice and Armagnac. Its production is protected and overseen under an AOC or Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, ensuring Floc meets the highest standards. 

 

At around 17% alcohol, it is a great way to prepare your appetite before the main meal, with foie gras, or to enjoy with fruit for a refreshing dessert.