Another Gelas Bas Armagnac finished in casks that previously held Australia’s famous sweet white, De Bortoli ‘Noble One’. Generally recognised as the pinnacle of Australian sweet winemaking, it tends to be richer and sweeter than examples from Sauternes.
Colour: Beautiful Golden Colour, with orange reflections.
Nose: Confit Apricot, sweet liquorice on a wooded finale.
Mouth: Frank and powerful, Very oily on dried fruit and prunes.
Residual aromas confirm the nose
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.