Prosper Delord started as a travelling distiller in 1893, his two cows pulling the cart with his travelling pot still from farm to farm across the Bas-Armagnac region, converting wine into eau-de-vie. Forty years later Prosper's sons, Gaston and Georges who worked with their father, established their permanent base in Lannepax, with a 42-hectare vineyard producing the traditional Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Baco and Folle-Blanche grapes.
As then, today the four grape varieties are still picked, pressed and fermented separately. The wines are then distilled from the beginning of November to the end of December at a maximum capacity of thirty litres per hour. This fresh spirit is stored in oak casks in Delord's cellars, where they can sit next to the ageing masterpieces of previous years, the oldest dating back to the 1904. It is from these stores that Jacques and Sylvain, third and fourth generations of the Delord family, taste, select and blend the eau-de-vie to create Delord Bas-Armagnac.
Prosper gained a reputation for the quality of his work and his passion for the art, something he has passed on through the generations of his family. Visiting the Delord's distillery and cellars transports you back to an earlier time in the craft of creating Armagnac, with their older still dating to 1900, hand-written labels and traditional production techniques…you can imagine Prosper is still there, overseeing the art of creating Delord masterpieces.
Whilst Delord Bas-Armagnac is normally bottled at 40% ABV, we wanted to share something a little bit more special with you, giving you a fantastic introduction to this wonderful House of Armagnac, with their 45.9% Delord L'Authentique. At an average age of around thirty years, Jacques and Sylvain have created the pinnacle of their blended range to best express the quality of their Armagnac.
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!
- Jacques & Sylvain Delord