The appearance reveals a very lovely amber hue with sparkling gold highlights.
The nose is very subtle associating prune aromas with a light but intense rancio, and a spicy finish.
In the mouth, the attack is pure/direct. Plenty of body with hints of preserved fruit, kirsch, and lots of spices.
After opening, the bottom of the glass is majestic with liquorice, wooded, fat/oily notes.
Folle Blanche is the historic variety of Armagnac which once dominated the vineyards before their destruction by phylloxera in 1878; it was then called the ”piquepoult”. Today, a few small vineyards remain, but its cultivation is very difficult.
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|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 Gelas family linked its own destiny to that of Armagnac. In 1865, Guillaume Gelas, a respected barrel maker, bequeathed his business to his son Baptiste, who in turn created the Maison Gelas. 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 took on the management of the company and acquired a property planted with Manciet vines, the Chateau de Martet (Martet Castle) which is still in the family fold. Louis was a public figure, and held various offices both in his native town,
and at departmental level.
After the Second World War, Pierre followed in his father’s footsteps, and lent the family firm an international dimension. In 1950, he was the first Gers businessman to develop a commerce in wines and various spirits. He revolutionized his times by offering on an exclusive basis Armagnacs hailing from the terroirs or local regions
of Bas Armagnac and La Tenareze, 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.
Today, Pierre’s son Philippe, representing the fourth generation of the Gelas family to take the reins, has been running the firm since late 2001. He is carrying on in the innovative spirit of his forebears by introducing single varietal Armagnacs, thus asserting the differentness of the Maison Gelas: an alternative Armagnac…