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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 1962 Bas Armagnac
    Produced by a small family firm in the Bas Armagnac area where the soft, humid climate gives this Armagnac a lightness and subtle fragrance.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, butter, rancio, toffee, "creme brulée".
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and well balanced flavours that linger in the mouth for some time after tasting.
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    Excl. VAT: £317.74 Incl. VAT: £381.29

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    Produced by a small family firm in the Bas Armagnac area where the soft, humid climate gives this Armagnac a lightness and subtle fragrance.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, butter, rancio, toffee, "creme brulée".
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and well balanced flavours that linger in the mouth for some time after tasting.
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  2. Castarède 1962 Bas Armagnac

    This is one of Castarede's traditional styles, being a negoçiant styles can change but this represents the larger proportion of these great armagnacs. Crystalised fruits and honey.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex nose, floral, candied fruits
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Crystallised fruits and honey. Soft attack, round in the mouth, balanced
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    Excl. VAT: £329.73 Incl. VAT: £395.68

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    This is one of Castarede's traditional styles, being a negoçiant styles can change but this represents the larger proportion of these great armagnacs. Crystalised fruits and honey.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex nose, floral, candied fruits
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Crystallised fruits and honey. Soft attack, round in the mouth, balanced
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  3. Darbeau 1962 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    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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    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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  4. Delord 1961 Bas Armagnac
    Another great Armagnac from the Delord House. Distilled over 50 years ago it has a deep richness which is highly regarded by Armagnac connoisseurs.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee and vanilla, with a touch of orange and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light, mellow flavours of coffee, cocoa and wood.
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    Another great Armagnac from the Delord House. Distilled over 50 years ago it has a deep richness which is highly regarded by Armagnac connoisseurs.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee and vanilla, with a touch of orange and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light, mellow flavours of coffee, cocoa and wood.
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  5. Montal 1959 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    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.

    Did you know?  In 1959, Etch-A-Sketch was introduced in the US for $2.99.

    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.

    Did you know?  In 1959, Etch-A-Sketch was introduced in the US for $2.99.

    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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  6. Delord 1960 Bas Armagnac

    Distilled in 1960 and barrel aged until its recent bottling, this is another fine armagnac from the House of Delord.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, butter, coffee, wood and orange liqueur
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and balanced, there are flavours of orange and coffee.
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    Excl. VAT: £398.79 Incl. VAT: £478.55

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    Distilled in 1960 and barrel aged until its recent bottling, this is another fine armagnac from the House of Delord.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, butter, coffee, wood and orange liqueur
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and balanced, there are flavours of orange and coffee.
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  7. 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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    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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  8. Domaine de Guilhombeyrie 1960 Bas Armagnac
    This will be the replacement for the Domaine de Gachot 1960 from this house, which is becoming more scarce.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful and elegant nose with aromas of coffee and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Bold, supple and mellow in the mouth with a lovely finish of roasted almonds
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    This will be the replacement for the Domaine de Gachot 1960 from this house, which is becoming more scarce.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful and elegant nose with aromas of coffee and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Bold, supple and mellow in the mouth with a lovely finish of roasted almonds
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  9. Domaine du Cardinat 1954 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Only 6 bottles of this vintage remain. A masterpiece of ageing in small barrels with the development of great armagnac flavour - prune, almond, cashew nuts and much more. Presented in the traditional basquaise bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A style aroma of woody and spicy qualities with raisins, pineapple, straw, nuts and herbal aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great armagnac flavour - prune, almond, cashew nuts and much more.
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    Only 6 bottles of this vintage remain. A masterpiece of ageing in small barrels with the development of great armagnac flavour - prune, almond, cashew nuts and much more. Presented in the traditional basquaise bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A style aroma of woody and spicy qualities with raisins, pineapple, straw, nuts and herbal aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great armagnac flavour - prune, almond, cashew nuts and much more.
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  10. Castarède 1959 Bas Armagnac

    This Bas Armagnac comes from a blend of two cepages, the Ugni Blanc and Baco. Its fawn coloured robe with some red copper gives some rancio flavours reflecting its long stay in barrels.

    Did you know?  Those born in 1959 share their birth year with Hugh Grant, Bono and Diego Maradona. 

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A spicy bouquet of sandal wood, vanilla, banana
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mouth is soft and mellow but this eau de vie has kept the nervous edge of the baco cepage
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    Excl. VAT: £530.65 Incl. VAT: £636.78

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    This Bas Armagnac comes from a blend of two cepages, the Ugni Blanc and Baco. Its fawn coloured robe with some red copper gives some rancio flavours reflecting its long stay in barrels.

    Did you know?  Those born in 1959 share their birth year with Hugh Grant, Bono and Diego Maradona. 

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A spicy bouquet of sandal wood, vanilla, banana
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mouth is soft and mellow but this eau de vie has kept the nervous edge of the baco cepage
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  11. Delord 1959 Bas Armagnac

    Fabulous armagnac but in short supply, this 1959 vintage has a great intensity of flavours of vanilla and fruit.

    Did you know?  1959 was the year that direct dial payphones were introduced in the United Kingdom. 

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, toast and pepper, light touch of rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Balance and mellow with flavours of vanilla and small cherries. Intense, long finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £590.08 Incl. VAT: £708.10

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    Fabulous armagnac but in short supply, this 1959 vintage has a great intensity of flavours of vanilla and fruit.

    Did you know?  1959 was the year that direct dial payphones were introduced in the United Kingdom. 

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, toast and pepper, light touch of rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Balance and mellow with flavours of vanilla and small cherries. Intense, long finish.
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  12. Castarède 1953 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A fine armagnac from a vintage producer. Well balanced with flavours of dried apricots, plums and honey, some almond flavours appear also.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: A well balanced armagnac with flavours of dried apricots, plums and honey, some almond flavours appear also.
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    A fine armagnac from a vintage producer. Well balanced with flavours of dried apricots, plums and honey, some almond flavours appear also.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: A well balanced armagnac with flavours of dried apricots, plums and honey, some almond flavours appear also.
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