Château de Laubade is one of the very few properties producing the four traditional grape varieties of the appellation.
The ‘home-made’ distillation is perfectly controlled. It allows extracting all the best aromas and flavors of the wines grown and vinified at the property. Château de Laubade has its own still pot (Alambic), custom tailored in 1974. The Alambic guarantees the best autonomy to distill all the wines on the spot, in a timely manner, grape variety by grape variety. The art of the single distillation is ensured by a highly skilled team, run by the Cellar Master.
The Cellar master brings the highest care in order to provide an appropriate ageing for the eaux-de-vie, exclusively in oak casks from Gascony.
The cellar Master carefully oversees and guarantees the finest maturation and the blending of the brandies, vintage by vintage, using 3.000 400-liter casks, split into seven different ageing cellars. This inventory, certainly the most important in the Armagnac region, is vital to produce the best spirits.
Ageing Armagnac requires a significant experience : joined by the Lesgourgues family, the Cellar Master decides on the best choice regarding the oxygenation and the final blending of the eaux-de-vie when the ageing is over.
The bottling date and lot numbers are always listed on the bottle, ensuring a complete traceability of the eau-de-vie.
The oldest Armagnacs, distilled before 1930 are stored in “dames jeannes” (known also as Demi Johns), in a room called : “Le Paradis” (Heaven).