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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. Castarède 1997 Bas Armagnac

    Castarède owns one of the most important collections of armagnac vintages, their oldest one dates from 1888. The 1997 is one of their more recent vintages.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich fruit nose of fresh plum and lime tree.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Firm mouth with gingerbread flavours and a long finish of dried fruit with walnut notes.
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    Castarède owns one of the most important collections of armagnac vintages, their oldest one dates from 1888. The 1997 is one of their more recent vintages.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich fruit nose of fresh plum and lime tree.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Firm mouth with gingerbread flavours and a long finish of dried fruit with walnut notes.
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  2. Castarède 1994 Bas Armagnac

    The Castarède Family has been managing and developing its armagnac production for six generations. Today, Florence Castarède runs the company.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromas of caramel and cooked prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and warm mouth expressing prune and hazelnut flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £57.54 Incl. VAT: £69.05

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    The Castarède Family has been managing and developing its armagnac production for six generations. Today, Florence Castarède runs the company.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromas of caramel and cooked prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and warm mouth expressing prune and hazelnut flavours.
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  3. Castarède 1992 Bas Armagnac

    Concours des Talents de l'Armagnac 2014 - Gold Medal

    A delicate, fresh Armagnac with aromas of prune, orange peel and sweet almond. Produced by the oldest armagnac house founded in 1832.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate fresh prune and orange peel with a note of sweet almond.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruity, prune flavours with great length.
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    Excl. VAT: £60.95 Incl. VAT: £73.14

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    Concours des Talents de l'Armagnac 2014 - Gold Medal

    A delicate, fresh Armagnac with aromas of prune, orange peel and sweet almond. Produced by the oldest armagnac house founded in 1832.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate fresh prune and orange peel with a note of sweet almond.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruity, prune flavours with great length.
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  4. Castarède 1991 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Aromas of floral acacia with notes of walnut stain and coffee characterise this delicious Armagnac which is produced in the heart of Bas Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral acacia with notes of walnut and coffee
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex flavours with good length and a finish of roasted coffee.
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    Excl. VAT: £61.03 Incl. VAT: £73.24

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    Aromas of floral acacia with notes of walnut stain and coffee characterise this delicious Armagnac which is produced in the heart of Bas Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral acacia with notes of walnut and coffee
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex flavours with good length and a finish of roasted coffee.
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  5. Castarède 1989 Bas Armagnac

    Still a family run business, Castarede is a highly respected Armagnac house and the oldest in existence.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light nose of pear with vanilla aromas and a hint of toast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dainty and fruity.
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    Excl. VAT: £63.97 Incl. VAT: £76.76

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    Still a family run business, Castarede is a highly respected Armagnac house and the oldest in existence.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light nose of pear with vanilla aromas and a hint of toast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dainty and fruity.
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  6. Castarède 1984 Bas Armagnac

    Castarède's vintage armagnacs are all based on Baco and some Ugni Blanc grapes. They have fruit and earthy tones reminiscent of the rural landscape of southwest France. This 1984 vintage was bottled in January 2019 so it has aged for 35 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried orange, dried flowers. dried peach, nutmeg and cedar
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried peach, dried pear, dried orange, touches of lemon cream and hints of nutmeg, sweet spices and vanilla.
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    Excl. VAT: £76.44 Incl. VAT: £91.73

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    Castarède's vintage armagnacs are all based on Baco and some Ugni Blanc grapes. They have fruit and earthy tones reminiscent of the rural landscape of southwest France. This 1984 vintage was bottled in January 2019 so it has aged for 35 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried orange, dried flowers. dried peach, nutmeg and cedar
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried peach, dried pear, dried orange, touches of lemon cream and hints of nutmeg, sweet spices and vanilla.
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  7. Castarède 1981 Bas Armagnac

    This is produced by the oldest trading House of Armagnac, established in 1832. Light and easy on the nose , the prune flavour is in abundance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and easy on the nose. Finely wooded with a hint of dried prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and long with flavours of light prunes and an almond tail.
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    This is produced by the oldest trading House of Armagnac, established in 1832. Light and easy on the nose , the prune flavour is in abundance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and easy on the nose. Finely wooded with a hint of dried prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and long with flavours of light prunes and an almond tail.
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  8. Castarède 1979 Bas Armagnac

    The Castarède family has managed this Armagnac house for 6 generations. This 1979 vintage is a well balanced armagnac, typical of the Castarède house style.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate perfumed aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Long and rich on the palate with flavours of peach, prune and vanilla
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    Excl. VAT: £90.32 Incl. VAT: £108.38

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    The Castarède family has managed this Armagnac house for 6 generations. This 1979 vintage is a well balanced armagnac, typical of the Castarède house style.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate perfumed aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Long and rich on the palate with flavours of peach, prune and vanilla
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  9. Castarède 1978 Bas Armagnac

    One of the most important collections of Armagnac vintages is owned by the Castarède family; the oldest dates from 1893. Their Armagnacs have the appearance of liquid gold with touches of topaz, sienna and orange highlights.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of dried fig, eucalyptus and blond tobacco.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of dried fruits, prune, grape, orange bark and almond with a finish of white chocolate.
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    Excl. VAT: £99.10 Incl. VAT: £118.92

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    One of the most important collections of Armagnac vintages is owned by the Castarède family; the oldest dates from 1893. Their Armagnacs have the appearance of liquid gold with touches of topaz, sienna and orange highlights.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of dried fig, eucalyptus and blond tobacco.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of dried fruits, prune, grape, orange bark and almond with a finish of white chocolate.
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  10. Castarède 1977 Bas Armagnac

    Mellow and well developed with dried plum and crystallised fruit flavours and a relatively long, sweet finish. This vintage is another great from Castarède.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Crystallised fruit and plum
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and well developed with dried plum and crystallised fruit flavours and a relatively long, sweet finish
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    Mellow and well developed with dried plum and crystallised fruit flavours and a relatively long, sweet finish. This vintage is another great from Castarède.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Crystallised fruit and plum
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and well developed with dried plum and crystallised fruit flavours and a relatively long, sweet finish
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  11. Castarède 1975 Bas Armagnac

    International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 - Gold Medal (Outstanding)

    As with cognac, 1975 was a big year and many fine brandies were made. This medal-winning beauty is no exception.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very well balanced nose, very smooth and tender a marraige of molasses, dry banana, rice powder, white chocolate, nettle flower and Petunias
    Flavour:
    Flavour: It offers leather flavours, dry wood, white truffle and quinine bark tints. The mouth is smooth, woody, with chocolate truffle flavours, vanilla, cinnamon, brioche-like flavours. Finishing with a reminder of liquorice.
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    International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 - Gold Medal (Outstanding)

    As with cognac, 1975 was a big year and many fine brandies were made. This medal-winning beauty is no exception.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very well balanced nose, very smooth and tender a marraige of molasses, dry banana, rice powder, white chocolate, nettle flower and Petunias
    Flavour:
    Flavour: It offers leather flavours, dry wood, white truffle and quinine bark tints. The mouth is smooth, woody, with chocolate truffle flavours, vanilla, cinnamon, brioche-like flavours. Finishing with a reminder of liquorice.
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  12. Castarède 1974 Bas Armagnac

    Castarède was recently awarded the title 'Living Heritage Company', a testament to the quality of their product and French 'savoir-faire'. Their Armagnacs are wonderful at any time of the day but the 1974 makes a particularly fine 'digestif'.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very fruity bouquet with lively orange aromas and touches of perfume.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light, elegant, refreshing fruity flavours with an interesting, long spicy finish
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    Excl. VAT: £120.76 Incl. VAT: £144.91

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    Castarède was recently awarded the title 'Living Heritage Company', a testament to the quality of their product and French 'savoir-faire'. Their Armagnacs are wonderful at any time of the day but the 1974 makes a particularly fine 'digestif'.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very fruity bouquet with lively orange aromas and touches of perfume.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light, elegant, refreshing fruity flavours with an interesting, long spicy finish
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