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Armagnac

Armagnac is often referred to as the oldest and youngest brandy in France.  The oldest because it was first distilled in the middle of the 15th century in adapted perfume stills, probably brought over by the Moors. It is regarded as the youngest because the Armagnaçais are still arguing over how to distil it. The Armagnac region has always been a very special example of that exclusive concept, la France profonde.  It is located well away from the madding crowds, motorways and the industrial eyesores of modern France, about a hundred miles south of Bordeaux.  The gentle, fair and fertile countryside is a land of near perfect rural paradise and home to rich food such as foie gras and truffles. Countless small firms distil their wine here by using a single or continuous distillation method. The distillation range is between 52 – 72 % abv which allows a greater fruitiness in the spirit, although usually at the expense of smoothness and refinement of the brandy. The grapes used are similar to those grown for making cognac.  Armagnac is also aged in oak barrels for many years, until perfected, and then removed from the wood and kept in glass bonbonnes. Some very rare, old armagnacs may date from the 19th century.  Others still share the exclusivity with the fruitiness and rich, pruney flavours created in this land of rural bliss, known today as Gascony.

The armagnac vineyard area (around twelve thousand hectares) is only about a fifth of the size of its big brother cognac, to the north.  However, the individual skills of the many small producers have created a wealth of individual, aged armagnacs.   The range of vintages available from the twentieth and twenty first centuries is immense but the stock of each is rapidly dwindling as demand outstrips supply.  Here at Brandyclassics we stock a range beyond the reach of many collectors and connoisseurs and we specialise in those from the top cru, Bas Armagnac.

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  1. Clos des Saveurs 1972 Bas Armagnac

    Eric Artiguelongue, owner of Clos des Saveurs, purchases his Armagnacs from minute grower-distillers before ageing them in oak barrels until they reach their peak quality. Every one is bottled by hand.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Mild aromas of wood, vanilla and sweet spices,
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Smooth and beautifully round with notes of cocoa in the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £103.66 Incl. VAT: £124.39

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    Eric Artiguelongue, owner of Clos des Saveurs, purchases his Armagnacs from minute grower-distillers before ageing them in oak barrels until they reach their peak quality. Every one is bottled by hand.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Mild aromas of wood, vanilla and sweet spices,
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Smooth and beautifully round with notes of cocoa in the tail.
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  2. Clos des Saveurs 1971 Bas Armagnac

    This is one of the great armagnacs from this esteemed house providing delightful fruity flavours with liquorice and Muscat grape.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A predominance of liquorice on the nose but one can also detect Muscat and sandalwood aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The liquorice comes out in the flavour as well as the Muscat grape. There is a noticeable flavour of crystallised fruits.
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    Excl. VAT: £113.60 Incl. VAT: £136.32

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    This is one of the great armagnacs from this esteemed house providing delightful fruity flavours with liquorice and Muscat grape.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A predominance of liquorice on the nose but one can also detect Muscat and sandalwood aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The liquorice comes out in the flavour as well as the Muscat grape. There is a noticeable flavour of crystallised fruits.
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  3. Clos des Saveurs 1970 Bas Armagnac

    Clos des Saveurs armagnacs are characterised by a rich, strong aroma and a wonderful round and long, intense finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla and sweet spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and balanced with hints of vanilla.
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    Excl. VAT: £129.20 Incl. VAT: £155.04

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    Clos des Saveurs armagnacs are characterised by a rich, strong aroma and a wonderful round and long, intense finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla and sweet spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and balanced with hints of vanilla.
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  4. Clos des Saveurs 1968 Bas Armagnac

    Armagnac is one of France's oldest spirits and produced in the Gascony region. The Bas Armagnac cru produces the highest quality, most refined and complex armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very thin nose with aromas of candied fruits.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Flavours are mellow and soft with notes of vanilla in the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £167.93 Incl. VAT: £201.52

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    Armagnac is one of France's oldest spirits and produced in the Gascony region. The Bas Armagnac cru produces the highest quality, most refined and complex armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very thin nose with aromas of candied fruits.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Flavours are mellow and soft with notes of vanilla in the tail.
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  5. Clos des Saveurs 1969 Bas Armagnac

    Armagnacs harvested in 1969 are becoming quite a rarity. As the vintage runs out bottles of these wonderful gems will continue to increase in value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime and Verbena.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rounded and well balanced with plum and prune flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £430.02 Incl. VAT: £516.02

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    Armagnacs harvested in 1969 are becoming quite a rarity. As the vintage runs out bottles of these wonderful gems will continue to increase in value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime and Verbena.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rounded and well balanced with plum and prune flavours.
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  6. Clos des Saveurs 1958 Armagnac

    Produced by traditional methods, this 1958 vintage armagnac was distilled over 60 years ago in the Gascony region of south west France. Although production methods are similar to those used for cognac, armagnacs only have a single distillation.

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    Excl. VAT: £739.46 Incl. VAT: £887.35

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    Produced by traditional methods, this 1958 vintage armagnac was distilled over 60 years ago in the Gascony region of south west France. Although production methods are similar to those used for cognac, armagnacs only have a single distillation.

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  7. Clos des Saveurs 1957 Armagnac
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    Another fabulous vintage from the talented Cellar Master, Eric Artiguelongue. Armagnacs from the 1950s are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

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    Excl. VAT: £778.37 Incl. VAT: £934.04

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    Another fabulous vintage from the talented Cellar Master, Eric Artiguelongue. Armagnacs from the 1950s are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

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  8. Clos des Saveurs 1957 Bas Armagnac

    Produced in the premier armagnac cru, Bas Armagnac, this is complex and well balanced with a notable degree of richness and flavours of crystalised fruits.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A complex and rich nose with aromas of flowers and dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The flavours are well balanced with a degree of richness. Crystalised fruits and notes of liquorice.
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    Excl. VAT: £795.34 Incl. VAT: £954.41

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    Produced in the premier armagnac cru, Bas Armagnac, this is complex and well balanced with a notable degree of richness and flavours of crystalised fruits.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A complex and rich nose with aromas of flowers and dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The flavours are well balanced with a degree of richness. Crystalised fruits and notes of liquorice.
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