By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
There is no doubt that Madame Lafitte's Domain Boingneres is the finest Bas-Armagnac has to offer. In the Grand Cru village of La Freche in a prime outcropping of the Armagnac's most ferrous sandy soils the beautiful and meticulously tended estate stands a head above the rest. Madame Lafitte took over from her father in 94 after his multi-decade career of building up Boingneres to being one of the top producers renowned across all of France. In 1975, Monsieur Lafitte removed all of the Domaine's Bacco and replaced them with the Cepage Noble (namely Ugni Blance, Folle Blanche, and Colombard). Each are distilled separately and aged in their dry chais in 100% new Gascogne wood. The high quality distillation is able to stand up to all that oak without any trouble and the resulting aged products are truly transcendent. This Domaine truly one of the benchmark by which all other Armagnac's should be judged. The 86 Folle Blanche is absolutely unparalleled in it's pinpoint structure and intense aromatics. There's a great deal of spice and a beautiful richness that keep it from seeming at all austere. Expense, but for great lovers of this region it is something to aspire to.