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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. Darbeau Vintage 1967 Bas Armagnac

    The small inperfections in distillation and ageing make this one of the more interesting armagnacs for dedicated armagnac drinkers.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha, nuts and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense richness with great balance and depth. A delightful Victoria plum and prune taste with a nutty middle mouth. Fruitiness prevails to the end which is quite long but some toffee and mocha exist in the middle.
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    Excl. VAT: £206.06 Incl. VAT: £247.27

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    The small inperfections in distillation and ageing make this one of the more interesting armagnacs for dedicated armagnac drinkers.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha, nuts and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense richness with great balance and depth. A delightful Victoria plum and prune taste with a nutty middle mouth. Fruitiness prevails to the end which is quite long but some toffee and mocha exist in the middle.
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  2. Darbeau Vintage 1962 Bas Armagnac
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    This has greater depth than the younger armagnacs from Darbeau with good balance showing a maturity and balance beyond its years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aroma with mocha and nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense richness with great balance and depth. A delightful Victoria plum and prune taste with a nutty middle mouth. A long, fruity finish with some toffee and mocha in the middle.
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    Excl. VAT: £346.36 Incl. VAT: £415.63

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    This has greater depth than the younger armagnacs from Darbeau with good balance showing a maturity and balance beyond its years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aroma with mocha and nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense richness with great balance and depth. A delightful Victoria plum and prune taste with a nutty middle mouth. A long, fruity finish with some toffee and mocha in the middle.
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  3. Darbeau Vintage 1956 Bas Armagnac

    Intensely fruity and rich prune and roasted walnut flavours with lots of roundness, all mixed in with huge quantities of quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aromas with hints of mocha and nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A well-aged armagnac with great depth. Delightful Victoria plum and prune flavours with nuts in the middle mouth. Quite a long finish of fruitiness but with some toffee and mocha.
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    Excl. VAT: £595.25 Incl. VAT: £714.30

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    Intensely fruity and rich prune and roasted walnut flavours with lots of roundness, all mixed in with huge quantities of quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aromas with hints of mocha and nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A well-aged armagnac with great depth. Delightful Victoria plum and prune flavours with nuts in the middle mouth. Quite a long finish of fruitiness but with some toffee and mocha.
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  4. Darbeau Vintage 1951 Bas Armagnac

    Full of flavour and very smooth for an armagnac. This is a classic armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich aromas of plum, mocha, nuts and pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This well-aged armagnac has great depth and balance. Intense flavours of Victoria plum and prune with hints of nuts. Fruitiness in the tail but also toffee and mocha.
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    Excl. VAT: £725.33 Incl. VAT: £870.40

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    Full of flavour and very smooth for an armagnac. This is a classic armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich aromas of plum, mocha, nuts and pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This well-aged armagnac has great depth and balance. Intense flavours of Victoria plum and prune with hints of nuts. Fruitiness in the tail but also toffee and mocha.
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  5. Darbeau Vintage 1943 Bas Armagnac

    War time armagnac, with little left, but for all that it is one of the nice ones from the firm and representing really excellent value for one this old.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aromas of plum and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex flavours of Victoria plum and prune with a nutty middle mouth and hints of vanilla. Fruitiness dominates to the finish which is quite long. Some toffee and mocha also exist.
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    Excl. VAT: £980.43 Incl. VAT: £1,176.52

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    War time armagnac, with little left, but for all that it is one of the nice ones from the firm and representing really excellent value for one this old.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aromas of plum and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex flavours of Victoria plum and prune with a nutty middle mouth and hints of vanilla. Fruitiness dominates to the finish which is quite long. Some toffee and mocha also exist.
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  6. Darbeau Vintage 1939 Bas Armagnac

    The oldest we stock from this small house but certainly one of the finest with lots of complex nut and plum flavours so traditional from Bas armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Plum with mocha and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex nut and plum flavours with hints of vanilla in this well-balanced armagnac. Intensely rich with great depth and a long finish of fruit, toffee and mocha.
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    Excl. VAT: £995.56 Incl. VAT: £1,194.67

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    The oldest we stock from this small house but certainly one of the finest with lots of complex nut and plum flavours so traditional from Bas armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Plum with mocha and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex nut and plum flavours with hints of vanilla in this well-balanced armagnac. Intensely rich with great depth and a long finish of fruit, toffee and mocha.
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