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Gelas Armagnac Masterclass With Baptiste Gelas


As one of our favourite (but often underappreciated) spirits right now, The Oak Barrel is pleased to announce an intimate Armagnac masterclass with Baptiste Gelas of the family house Maison Gelas.

Armagnac is distilled from grapes in the French region of the same name. A similar spirit to cognac, the lower altitude results in sandier soil for the vines and often an earthier, more complex spirit as a result.

Maison Gelas was founded in 1865 and has been family operated ever since. The company is currently managed by Philip Gelas, with Baptiste waiting in the wings and doing a lot of the day-to-day.

Maison Gelas describe themselves as having an ‘alternative’ approach to the historic spirit.


Now a prominent beverage supplier and retailer in France, Maison Gelas takes a different approach to their single cask, cask strength Armagnac, with an almost whisky-like outlook of exotic cask maturations and finishes. Indeed, included in this masterclass will be two single cask expressions matured in ex-Australian wine barrels.

This is a very rare opportunity to get up close and personal (with questions, bottle signings or otherwise) with a man not only involved with Armagnac, but the wider French drinks industry.

Led by Baptiste himself, we’ll be going through the following expressions – which are some of their top shelf single casks.

Gelas Armagnac 10-Year-Old De Bortoli Noble One Single Cask 47.5%
Gelas Armagnac 16-Year-Old De Bortoli Black Noble Single Cask 50.2%
Gelas Armagnac 12-Year-Old Oloroso Sherry Single Cask
Gelas Armagnac 18-Year-Old Port Single Cask 41.9%

We’ll also touch on some traditional Armagnac-based liqueurs:

Floc de Gascogne Rose Gelas Mistelle 17% (Armagnac with fresh red grape juice)
Floc de Gascogne Blanc Gelas Mistelle
17% (Armagnac with fresh white grape juice)
Gelas Liqueur Orange & Armagnac 35%

Places are strictly limited.

WHAT: Armagnac Masterclass with Baptiste Gelas
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Friday 28 April, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $25 / Guest $35

Tickets are not transferrable and non-refundable. Format of night subject to change without notice due to unforseen circumstances.

Scott Fitzsimons