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2001 Solera Armagnac

Gascogne, France
21 Years
The barrel hasn't been emptied since 2001 ― each year around 10% of the liquid is drawn and the barrel is topped off with 3-year-old Armagnac.

Leberon Armagnac Solera 2001 is produced using the solera method, meaning that they have a perpetual reserve barrel of 5,500 liters that they keep topping off ever since they adopted the technique in 2001. Each year, 500 liters are extracted and 3-year-old Armagnac is added to the same barrel.

The Producer

Chateau de Léberon, a 12-hectare estate in the Ténarèze appellation of Armagnac, was purchased in 1939 by Osmin Rozès. His grandson Jean is currently running the estate with his daughters Sophie and Caroline who are reinvigorating the estate, applying organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard. Vin Muté is when brandy is added to unfermented grape juice to prevent it from fermenting on its own. Classic examples include Pineau des Charentes, Macvin du Jura, and Floc de Gascogne. Léberon has been making a fortified wine in a solera system since 1987. They have a 4,000-liter foudre that holds the fortified juice. Each year, they draw up to 15 to 20% from the foudre and bottle it. It is then refreshed with the current harvest’s yield to continue the solera. They say that the old wine “educates” the younger wine. The resultant wine is unfiltered and left to rest on its lees in the foudre. It is bottled, unfiltered, at its cask strength of 18% abv and is a great complement to cheese, paté, and desserts.

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