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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. Montal 1960 Bas Armagnac

    This armagnac was bottled in 2007 after nearly 50 years of ageing. The long, slow maturation has produced a lovely rich prune flavour with just a hint of Rancio, much sought after by connoisseurs and lovers of fine armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Walnuts, cocoa and leather.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow prune and quince flavours add to the complexity.
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    Excl. VAT: £297.65 Incl. VAT: £357.18

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    This armagnac was bottled in 2007 after nearly 50 years of ageing. The long, slow maturation has produced a lovely rich prune flavour with just a hint of Rancio, much sought after by connoisseurs and lovers of fine armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Walnuts, cocoa and leather.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow prune and quince flavours add to the complexity.
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  2. Montal 1962 Special Edition Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    At 45% abv this Montal Vintage Armagnac 1962 Special Edition has deeper and richer flavours than those more commonly produced at 40% abv. It is a rarity for this vintage .

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Passion fruit, prunes/plum with apricot, walnuts 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 coffee flavours prevail at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour. A fine example of this firms style of armagnac
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    Excl. VAT: £318.62 Incl. VAT: £382.34

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    At 45% abv this Montal Vintage Armagnac 1962 Special Edition has deeper and richer flavours than those more commonly produced at 40% abv. It is a rarity for this vintage .

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Passion fruit, prunes/plum with apricot, walnuts 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 coffee flavours prevail at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour. A fine example of this firms style of armagnac
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  3. Montal 1959 Bas Armagnac

    Bottled soon after the turn of the 21st century, this 1959 vintage was aged for 45 years in oak barrels. The fruitiness seems to get richer every year with these fine old armagnacs and there is excellent depth of flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A wonderful predominace of ripe victoria plums and nutty aromas, which is consistent throughout their range of vintages and which gets richer as they age.
    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 coffee flavours also show at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour.
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    Excl. VAT: £398.70 Incl. VAT: £478.44

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    Bottled soon after the turn of the 21st century, this 1959 vintage was aged for 45 years in oak barrels. The fruitiness seems to get richer every year with these fine old armagnacs and there is excellent depth of flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A wonderful predominace of ripe victoria plums and nutty aromas, which is consistent throughout their range of vintages and which gets richer as they age.
    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 coffee flavours also show at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour.
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  4. Montal 1955 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Like all old vintages these are becoming rare and greatly appreciated by armagnac lovers.This is smooth and well balanced.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aromas with hints of floral.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Violets, cinnamon, caramel and dried stone fruits.
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    Excl. VAT: £593.83 Incl. VAT: £712.60

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    Like all old vintages these are becoming rare and greatly appreciated by armagnac lovers.This is smooth and well balanced.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aromas with hints of floral.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Violets, cinnamon, caramel and dried stone fruits.
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  5. Montal 1958 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A remarkably rare armagnac vintage from a very fine armagnac house. The Montal armagnacs are made to exacting standards with all the characteristics of traditional perfection and the lovely taste of prunes and rich fruit. This fine vintage is probably the finest 1958 still available in the market today. This is the only bottle we have available.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich plum, prune and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intensely rich fruity, prune flavours with wonderful balance.
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    Excl. VAT: £1,035.77 Incl. VAT: £1,242.92

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    A remarkably rare armagnac vintage from a very fine armagnac house. The Montal armagnacs are made to exacting standards with all the characteristics of traditional perfection and the lovely taste of prunes and rich fruit. This fine vintage is probably the finest 1958 still available in the market today. This is the only bottle we have available.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich plum, prune and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intensely rich fruity, prune flavours with wonderful balance.
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