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Armagnac

Armagnac is often referred to as the oldest and youngest brandy in France being first distilled in the middle of the 15th century in adapted perfume stills probably brought over by the Moors. It is also regarded as the youngest since the Armagnaçais are still arguing over how to distil it. The region has always been a very special example of that elusive concept la France profonde, even now well away from the madding crowds, the motorways and the industrial eyesores of modern France. It is tucked away about a hundred miles south of Bordeaux, a land of near perfect rural paradise, gentle, fair and fertile countryside and home to rich food such as foie gras and truffles. This is where countless small firms distil their wines (mainly by single distillation) which are aged in oak barrels for many years until perfected and then kept in glass bonbonnes. Some very rare old armagnacs may date from the 19th century, others, perhaps not quite as old still share the exclusivity with their fruitiness and rich pruny flavours created in the land of rural bliss which we know today as Gascony.

The vineyard area of around twelve thousand hectares is only about a fifth of its big brother cognac to the north but the individual skills of the many small producers have created a wealth of individual aged armagnacs and rapidly dwindling vintages, available at Brandyclassics where we stock a range normally beyond the reach of many collectors and connoisseurs.


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  1. Blanche de Cassagnoles Tenareze Armagnac

    This a truly remarkable armagnac and the best Blanche (white armagnac), 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. For more ideas visit our Information/Recipe page.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Amazingly this has a strong prune flavour which is derived from the wine and the result of the low distillation range
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Prune and plum with good balance and smoothness
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    Excl. VAT: £30.10 Incl. VAT: £36.12

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    This a truly remarkable armagnac and the best Blanche (white armagnac), 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. For more ideas visit our Information/Recipe page.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Amazingly this has a strong prune flavour which is derived from the wine and the result of the low distillation range
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Prune and plum with good balance and smoothness
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  2. Domaine de Cassagnoles 5 Year Old Tenareze Armagnac

    Concours Général Agricole Paris 2012 - Gold Medal

    From the second cru of Armagnac this small house is predominantly a wine producer but has been making armagnacs for many years. The 5 y.o. has the traditional plummy style but in this case it has more of a greengage flavour and a clean finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh clean, more greengage than plum but with distinctive fruit and cedar aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The refreshing style is dominated by the aroma of cedar but there is an almond and sweet basil taste as well as green plum. The flavour does not change as it matures in the mouth, this is due to the youthfulness of the armagnac
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    Excl. VAT: £30.90 Incl. VAT: £37.08

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    Concours Général Agricole Paris 2012 - Gold Medal

    From the second cru of Armagnac this small house is predominantly a wine producer but has been making armagnacs for many years. The 5 y.o. has the traditional plummy style but in this case it has more of a greengage flavour and a clean finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh clean, more greengage than plum but with distinctive fruit and cedar aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The refreshing style is dominated by the aroma of cedar but there is an almond and sweet basil taste as well as green plum. The flavour does not change as it matures in the mouth, this is due to the youthfulness of the armagnac
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  3. Clos des Saveurs 1968 Armagnac

    Eric Artiguelongue selects only the finest vintages to sell under his own brand. Armagnacs are becoming more and more popular as their delicious qualities are being discovered worldwide.

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    Excl. VAT: £150.03 Incl. VAT: £180.04

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    Eric Artiguelongue selects only the finest vintages to sell under his own brand. Armagnacs are becoming more and more popular as their delicious qualities are being discovered worldwide.

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  4. Clos des Saveurs 1958 Armagnac

    Produced by traditional methods, this 1958 vintage armagnac was distilled over 60 years ago in the Gascony region of south west France. Although production methods are similar to those used for cognac, armagnacs only have a single distillation.

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    Excl. VAT: £739.46 Incl. VAT: £887.35

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    Produced by traditional methods, this 1958 vintage armagnac was distilled over 60 years ago in the Gascony region of south west France. Although production methods are similar to those used for cognac, armagnacs only have a single distillation.

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  5. Clos des Saveurs 1957 Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Another fabulous vintage from the talented Cellar Master, Eric Artiguelongue. Armagnacs from the 1950s are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

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    Excl. VAT: £778.37 Incl. VAT: £934.04

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    Another fabulous vintage from the talented Cellar Master, Eric Artiguelongue. Armagnacs from the 1950s are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

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  6. Clos des Saveurs 1956 Armagnac

    Eric Artiguelongue selects only the very finest vintages to sell under his brand. Aromas of toasted coffee and dried flowers give way to flavours of white fruits with notes of sweet spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Toasted coffee and dried flowers
    Flavour:
    Flavour: White fruits with notes of sweet spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £839.00 Incl. VAT: £1,006.80

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    Eric Artiguelongue selects only the very finest vintages to sell under his brand. Aromas of toasted coffee and dried flowers give way to flavours of white fruits with notes of sweet spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Toasted coffee and dried flowers
    Flavour:
    Flavour: White fruits with notes of sweet spices.
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  7. Clos des Saveurs 1955 Armagnac

    The Clos des Saveurs house offers a range of vintage armagnacs with authentic aromas and flavours. This 1955 has an intensely fruity nose and flavours of vanilla and dried spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An intensely fruity nose with aromas of plum and quince.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate it has soft and generous flavours of woody vanilla followed by a dried spice finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £859.99 Incl. VAT: £1,031.99

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    The Clos des Saveurs house offers a range of vintage armagnacs with authentic aromas and flavours. This 1955 has an intensely fruity nose and flavours of vanilla and dried spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An intensely fruity nose with aromas of plum and quince.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate it has soft and generous flavours of woody vanilla followed by a dried spice finish.
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  8. Clos des Saveurs 1950 Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Very much an artisanal product, this unique vintage armagnac was distilled in the mid-twentieth century. Long ageing in oak barrels has produced an elegant flavour with complex aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex with notes of vanilla and ginger
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very elegant with flavours of liquorice and saffron.
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    Excl. VAT: £946.88 Incl. VAT: £1,136.26

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    Very much an artisanal product, this unique vintage armagnac was distilled in the mid-twentieth century. Long ageing in oak barrels has produced an elegant flavour with complex aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex with notes of vanilla and ginger
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very elegant with flavours of liquorice and saffron.
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  9. Clos des Saveurs 1945 Armagnac

    This brand only supplies armagnac produced by growers. Powerful and complex on the nose, the 1945 is full of flavour and very rounded.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime leaves, muscat grapes and raw pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried sultanas, toasted almonds and cloves
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    Excl. VAT: £949.00 Incl. VAT: £1,138.80

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    This brand only supplies armagnac produced by growers. Powerful and complex on the nose, the 1945 is full of flavour and very rounded.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime leaves, muscat grapes and raw pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried sultanas, toasted almonds and cloves
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  10. Clos des Saveurs 1937 Armagnac

    This is one of a number of early vintage armagnacs from this hugely experienced cellarmaster.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried prune and liquorice aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: In addition to crystalised fruits there are flavours of clove and dried figs.
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    Excl. VAT: £1,133.46 Incl. VAT: £1,360.15

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    This is one of a number of early vintage armagnacs from this hugely experienced cellarmaster.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried prune and liquorice aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: In addition to crystalised fruits there are flavours of clove and dried figs.
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  11. Clos des Saveurs 1947 Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Carefully sourced by the very experienced Cellar Master, Eric Artiguelongue, this soft, rounded armagnac has all the hallmarks of a classic vintage.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried prune and liquorice aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: In addition to crystalised fruits there are flavours of clove and dried figs.
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    Excl. VAT: £1,370.43 Incl. VAT: £1,644.52

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    Carefully sourced by the very experienced Cellar Master, Eric Artiguelongue, this soft, rounded armagnac has all the hallmarks of a classic vintage.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried prune and liquorice aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: In addition to crystalised fruits there are flavours of clove and dried figs.
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