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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. Delord Blanche Armagnac

    Concours Général Agricole Paris 2017 - Gold Medal

    One of the best white armagnacs we have tasted. Consumed cold, it has all the prune qualities of dark armagnac and is ideal to use as a mixer or a palate refresher in the middle of rich and lengthy dinners. The more daring could match it with caviar, smoked fish, foie gras and numerous desserts. For other ideas visit our Information/Cocktails or Recipe pages.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromatic grapes with grassy notes, almond and pear.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Wonderfully clean and grapey with a hint of spice.
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    Excl. VAT: £28.86 Incl. VAT: £34.63

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    Concours Général Agricole Paris 2017 - Gold Medal

    One of the best white armagnacs we have tasted. Consumed cold, it has all the prune qualities of dark armagnac and is ideal to use as a mixer or a palate refresher in the middle of rich and lengthy dinners. The more daring could match it with caviar, smoked fish, foie gras and numerous desserts. For other ideas visit our Information/Cocktails or Recipe pages.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromatic grapes with grassy notes, almond and pear.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Wonderfully clean and grapey with a hint of spice.
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  2. Delord 15 Year Old Bas Armagnac

    A wonderfully run firm with lots of good armagnacs. Despite its young age, this 15 year old is really fine, showing good balance and fruit.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and dried fruits and an aromatic richness with notes of soft spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones and notes of soft spices such as cinnamon
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    A wonderfully run firm with lots of good armagnacs. Despite its young age, this 15 year old is really fine, showing good balance and fruit.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and dried fruits and an aromatic richness with notes of soft spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones and notes of soft spices such as cinnamon
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  3. Delord 2002 Bas Armagnac

    Armagnac distillation takes place in the heart of winter and Delord are one of the few houses using two methods of distillation; the continuous distillation method that is typical for Armagnac and double distillation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rose, vanilla and candied orange.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Slight oaky notes with citrus and candied orange. A long finish.
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    Armagnac distillation takes place in the heart of winter and Delord are one of the few houses using two methods of distillation; the continuous distillation method that is typical for Armagnac and double distillation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rose, vanilla and candied orange.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Slight oaky notes with citrus and candied orange. A long finish.
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  4. Delord 2001 Bas Armagnac

    Delord supplies armagnac vintages from 1900 to the present day. As with all vintages they are single cask and produced on their estate in Lannepax.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vine peach with notes of gentian, sweet spices and vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Floral flavours with aromatic persistence and notes of pink grapefruit.
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    Delord supplies armagnac vintages from 1900 to the present day. As with all vintages they are single cask and produced on their estate in Lannepax.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vine peach with notes of gentian, sweet spices and vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Floral flavours with aromatic persistence and notes of pink grapefruit.
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  5. Delord 2000 Bas Armagnac

    Harvested at the turn of the millennium, this spicy, liquorice flavoured armagnac tastes delicious and is a wonderful memento from the start of the twenty first century.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried flowers, sloe and nutmeg notes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Bursts with flavours of spices, pepper and liquorice.
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    Harvested at the turn of the millennium, this spicy, liquorice flavoured armagnac tastes delicious and is a wonderful memento from the start of the twenty first century.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried flowers, sloe and nutmeg notes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Bursts with flavours of spices, pepper and liquorice.
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  6. Delord 1999 Bas Armagnac

    Delord Armagnacs can be found across the world in varying presentations but we prefer the green basquaise bottle in wooden boxes.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Yellow peach, tea, angelica, candied orange and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Beautifully round with a good length. Fruity flavours with dried citrus notes and a grape and mandarine finish.
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    Delord Armagnacs can be found across the world in varying presentations but we prefer the green basquaise bottle in wooden boxes.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Yellow peach, tea, angelica, candied orange and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Beautifully round with a good length. Fruity flavours with dried citrus notes and a grape and mandarine finish.
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  7. Delord 1998 Bas Armagnac

    One of the youngest vintage armagnacs that we stock, this 1998 still shows all the qualities for which Delord is renowned.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Ripe fruits like quince and notes of sweet spices, especially cinnamon.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Ginger, cinnamon and orange zest with a spicy finish.
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    One of the youngest vintage armagnacs that we stock, this 1998 still shows all the qualities for which Delord is renowned.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Ripe fruits like quince and notes of sweet spices, especially cinnamon.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Ginger, cinnamon and orange zest with a spicy finish.
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  8. Delord 1997 Bas Armagnac

    From Delord's extensive range of vintage armagnac releases comes this fairly recent golden nectar harvested in 1997.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried flowers, raw tobacco and pleasant woody notes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Exotic fruits, liquorice and candied orange.
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    From Delord's extensive range of vintage armagnac releases comes this fairly recent golden nectar harvested in 1997.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried flowers, raw tobacco and pleasant woody notes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Exotic fruits, liquorice and candied orange.
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  9. Delord 1996 Bas Armagnac

    From the 1996 harvest, this is one of the more modern armagnac vintages.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fig, quince, vineyard peach and almond paste.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Sweet fruit, passion fruit and lychee with a grapefruit finish.
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    From the 1996 harvest, this is one of the more modern armagnac vintages.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fig, quince, vineyard peach and almond paste.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Sweet fruit, passion fruit and lychee with a grapefruit finish.
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  10. Delord 1995 Bas Armagnac

    We are delighted to find that the quality of Delord's more recent vintages is as high as ever.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral, stewed fruits, orange and lemon zest.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lightly woody, fruity, spicy with a long finish of toasted notes.
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    Excl. VAT: £55.15 Incl. VAT: £66.18

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    We are delighted to find that the quality of Delord's more recent vintages is as high as ever.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral, stewed fruits, orange and lemon zest.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lightly woody, fruity, spicy with a long finish of toasted notes.
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  11. Delord 20 Year Old Bas Armagnac

    Although still quite small, Delord rank amongst the greats in Gascogne. Their distillation is around 60 degrees and this provides many of the traditional prune and fruit flavours of the region but also many of the rich nutty flavours of spirits distilled at a higher range. They are also small enough to have more individuality between vintages although all their armagnacs gain greater maturity with age.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and dried fruits and an aromatic richness with notes of soft spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones and notes of soft spices such as cinnamon
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    Excl. VAT: £55.57 Incl. VAT: £66.68

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    Although still quite small, Delord rank amongst the greats in Gascogne. Their distillation is around 60 degrees and this provides many of the traditional prune and fruit flavours of the region but also many of the rich nutty flavours of spirits distilled at a higher range. They are also small enough to have more individuality between vintages although all their armagnacs gain greater maturity with age.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and dried fruits and an aromatic richness with notes of soft spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones and notes of soft spices such as cinnamon
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  12. Delord 1994 Bas Armagnac

    Distilled over 20 years ago, it has powerful flavours with notes of vanilla and toast, finished off with cooked apple aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of candied fruits, vanilla, cocoa and butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful flavour has notes of vanilla and toast finishing with cooked apple aromas.
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    Distilled over 20 years ago, it has powerful flavours with notes of vanilla and toast, finished off with cooked apple aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of candied fruits, vanilla, cocoa and butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful flavour has notes of vanilla and toast finishing with cooked apple aromas.
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