Distilled in 1959 and bottled in 2018, this remarkable wood-aged spirit promises a sublime brandy experience. At around 50-60 years of age, the wood has infused its full quota of tannins and aromas to the liquid. At this stage, explains Gelas, the Armagnac is typically decanted into glass demijohns where it will continue to age in storehouses built by Baptiste Gélas in 1875. The period in glass continues to develop the brandy, helping to harmonize the aromas and preserve the characteristic rancio notes.
Armagnac Gelas besides being amongst the very best is famous for his single varietal Armagnacs ( Folle Blanche, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Baco ) giving a sort of academic understanding of Armagnac. His fame is also due to the sheer number of Cask Finish ( Vosges Oak, Marsala, Oloroso, De Bortoli Noble One, Swiss Amigne Mitis, De Bortoli Black Noble, Maury, Amarone Zanoni, Lynch Bages red and Lynch Bages White etc.)
Family traces go way back to 1246, in the form of the King’s Musketeer, D’Artagnan (born Charles de Batz), but it was really not until around the middle of the 19th century that the Gélas family linked its own destiny to that of Armagnac. In 1865, Guillaume Gélas, a respected barrel maker, bequeathed his business to his son Baptiste, who in turn created the Maison Gélas. He duly moved into the premises currently occupied by the firm and embarked on the business of making and selling Armagnacs.
In 1910, his son Louis acquired a property planted with Manciet vines, the Château de Martet (Martet Castle) which is still in the family fold.
After the Second World War, Pierre followed in his father’s footsteps and lent the family firm an international dimension. He revolutionised his times by offering on an exclusive basis Armagnacs hailing from the terroirs or local regions of Bas Armagnac and La Ténarèze, at their natural degree of ageing, without reduction. This unique selection of proprietors lends the resulting product a fine reputation at the grandest of tables, be it in France or abroad.