Castarède, Armagnac’s oldest trade house, celebrates its 180th anniversary at the domaine of Maniban in Armagnac, southwest France. On this special occasion, the house created a special vintage «Château de Maniban», coming from its vineyards and made entirely of « Folle Blanche » 18 years old grape variety. A special vintage in a 1.5 litre bottle at a price of 195 euros, available from May 2012.
The castle of Maniban belonged to the Maliban family in the XVIIth century. Marie-Christine de Maniban took the properties back around 1762 and married the Marquis of Livry, first head waiter of Louis XV. This position allowed him to make the king Louis XV taste the Armagnac, thus entering to the Court of France.
Baron Haussmann, who was the subprefect of Nérac, initially encouraged the founders of Castarède (1832) to become the first traders in the Commercial Register. The family chose the best productions from Bas-Armagnac for this specifically French brandy, the oldest in France and probably in the world. Among its collection of old vintages, the oldest dates back from 1888.
The familial Armagnac is now developed by Florence Castarède (supervised by her father Jean), who represents the sixth generation, and is exported in more than sixty countries. You can savour it in several luxury hotels in Paris (from Plaza Athéné to Fouquet’s) or at the brand’s show room, at 140, Boulevard Haussmann.
Martin Moulin, avril 2012
Translation : Martin Moulin
Credit photos : Castarède