Located in the Lot-et-Garonne region near the city of Agen, the Marcillac Armagnac estate dates back to the 12th Century when it was founded by Prémonté monks. The monastery was acquired in 1730 by a wine merchant from Bordeaux who restored it and converted it into a castle, which was fashionable at the time, and focused on developing the vineyard and wines. The current family acquired the estate in the year 1900 and started distilling wine to make Armagnac following the exact same vinification, distillation and aging processes that the monks followed centuries before. The vintage of an Armagnac corresponds exclusively to the year of harvest. Although some brands offer wonderful blends between vintages, Marcillac only bottle pure vintages. This Armagnac from the 1964 vintage has spent 55 years in oak barrels and is one of the best releases from this estate yet, likely due to exceptional acidity in the wine that year. Only 500 bottles have been produced, a number of which will be released in 2020. Shown in the ‘basquaise’ bottle style that is timelessly popular with Armagnac, the Marcillac 1964 has been hand-sealed with wax following traditional methods. The box is natural wood, heightened with just a light varnish to keep a classic appearance. The rose gold color used for the logo is not only elegant, but also contrasts subtly with the color of the liquid in the bottle.