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. He later married Marie Duffau and in 1925, they officially founded the company with their son Gaston and established the business as a permanent site in Lannepax.
The Armagnacs were sold under the two names, Delord or Marie Duffau, each named taken from a Grandmother of the family. Today, great grandsons Jerome and Sylvain carry on the same tradition, having established a reputation for quality that is unsurpassed.
Owners of a prime 20 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. 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. Even though the company’s main business name is still Delord, they have always been selling under both names Delord or Marie Duffau.
The great success of Marie Duffau Armagnac is owed in part to:
- Use of high quality fruit, harvested from the best soils of the Bas Armagnac.
- No use of pesticides or fertilizers
- A good use of the grape varietals : 70% Ugni blanc (gives a good foundation), 20% Baco (gives roundness), 5% Colombard (herbal aromas) and 5% Folle Blanche (floral notes)
- A particularly slow single distillation process
- A distillation at low temperature (around 54 to 58 degrees), which enables more flavors, fatty acids and character to remain in the spirit.
- A distillation in small batches
- Use of 10% Gascon oak to give good tannins, darker color and beautiful spices.
Flavors of cocoa, orange rind, cake batter and vanilla. Soft tannins on the finish and a touch of rancio to come. Min. 6 years old.
92 points. "Excellent, Highly Recommended" (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2011 & 2012)
"'...creamy textured and semi sweet....' **** Highly Recommended / Best Buy"
(P. Pacult, Spirit Journal)
Top 50 Best Buy Spirits 2006 & 2007. "Highly Recommended / 90-95 / Best Buy"
Rich flavors of toffee, old oak, pitted plum and raisins ; elegant rancio and long round finish. Min. 12 years old.
4 stars, Highly Recommended
"Sienna color; ideal purity. Initial whiffs pick up BBQ sauce, tomato paste, red cherry compote, white raisins, and black peppercorn; secondary inhalations find an oakier bouquet, one that's piquant with baking spices (allspice, nutmeg) and dried fruits (dates especially). Entry is supple in texture, zesty from the peppercorn aspect, nicely woody / sap-like, and akin to holiday fruitcake elements, especially the candied nuts and dried pineapple; midpalate echoes the entry impressions while adding a touch of cola nut for balance. Aftertaste highlights the cola nut, the Dr. Pepper aspects, turning semisweet. This Bas-Armagnac has lots of moving parts that get into sync in the finish. (Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, Dec. 2018)
94 points (Wine Enthusiast, 2012)
"Ultimate Recommendation 95 points" (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2010)
"Top 10 Best Armagnacs" (Wine Enthusiast, 04/2007)
Old copper color with orange hues, shiny and limpid. The nose is rich with silky aromas of vanilla, cocoa, butter and warm wood. In the mouth, the flavors remain centered around the vanilla and oak wood flavors with addition of fruit pit and walnut. The finish has very pleasant and persistent notes of rancio and butter. 45.5% Alcohol. Aged 30 years in oak barrel.
4 stars, Highly Recommended.
"There's a delightful pastry-like juiciness, similar to apple strudel, to this opening aroma that's fetching and deeply satisfying... Concludes long, dense with oak impressions, and heavily toasted. Lovely all around." (Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal 2018)
91 points, Excellent, Highly Recommended
"This a majestically rustic brandy that has beautiful aromas of preserved golden plums, dried wild flowers, and pure cacao. The palate starts with an iron fist of wood tannin and concentrated grape spirit, but then gently lingers with the impression of dried fruit and violettes." (Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2018)