Originally Posted by iammatt
Fuck, that is an awesome bottle. We went through one earlier this year. It is my wife's birth year as well. We recently picked up a '74, which is quite good, but the '71 Gaube is the best I've had. Actually, when we were with Marc Darroze earlier this year, I asked him which armagnac in his cellar came the closest to perfection, and he suggested that one. Said it wasn't close, it was perfect, and since they actually bought the barrels a few years ago from the Gaube people, he was able to say that without any feeling of pride. Enjoy it. I am jealous.
Kwilkinson almost busted his one nut when he tasted it.
You always have the best stories and it's nice you've been so good to young kwilk. Both my wife and I turn 40 next year so obviously the bottle is for that, but I had heard that this was one of the greatest armagnac's of the century so I had to have it. I know we're going to enjoy it.
That photo of yours is amazing too - I've searched far and wide for vintage calvados but the best I can find is xo coeur de lion... and that is strong stuff indeed.