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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. Castarède 1979 Bas Armagnac

    The Castarède family has managed this Armagnac house for 6 generations. This 1979 vintage is a well balanced armagnac, typical of the Castarède house style.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate perfumed aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Long and rich on the palate with flavours of peach, prune and vanilla
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    The Castarède family has managed this Armagnac house for 6 generations. This 1979 vintage is a well balanced armagnac, typical of the Castarède house style.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate perfumed aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Long and rich on the palate with flavours of peach, prune and vanilla
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  2. Delord 1978 Bas Armagnac

    Concours des Armagnacs à Eauze 2006 - GOLD Medal

    Although easier to obtain than the older vintages, these younger armagnacs are still only available in relatively small quantities when compared to non vintage varieties.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of stewed fruits, vanilla, butter, apple and chocolate.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow yet full, flavours of stewed fruits and vanilla dominate and the finish is long.
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    Excl. VAT: £88.97 Incl. VAT: £106.76

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    Concours des Armagnacs à Eauze 2006 - GOLD Medal

    Although easier to obtain than the older vintages, these younger armagnacs are still only available in relatively small quantities when compared to non vintage varieties.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of stewed fruits, vanilla, butter, apple and chocolate.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow yet full, flavours of stewed fruits and vanilla dominate and the finish is long.
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  3. Delord 1979 Bas Armagnac

    Armagnacs from a single year are often the result of several distillations and can be enchanting, this is certainly one of them. The flavours here are all plummy and pruney, rich and voluptuous.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Wood, pine, coffee, nut and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full, balanced flavours of liquorice and coffee and a long finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £86.46 Incl. VAT: £103.75

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    Armagnacs from a single year are often the result of several distillations and can be enchanting, this is certainly one of them. The flavours here are all plummy and pruney, rich and voluptuous.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Wood, pine, coffee, nut and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full, balanced flavours of liquorice and coffee and a long finish.
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  4. Delord 1980 Bas Armagnac

    Concours des Armagnacs à Eauze 2005 - GOLD Medal

    Pale amber with golden tints, this award-winning armagnac is a great example from the House of Delord.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, orange, very fine wood, nuts and brioche.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round, supple and mellow with flavours of fine wood and toffee,
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    Excl. VAT: £85.24 Incl. VAT: £102.29

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    Concours des Armagnacs à Eauze 2005 - GOLD Medal

    Pale amber with golden tints, this award-winning armagnac is a great example from the House of Delord.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, orange, very fine wood, nuts and brioche.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round, supple and mellow with flavours of fine wood and toffee,
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  5. Clos des Saveurs 1976 Bas Armagnac

    The rather unusual qualities of this refreshing armagnac of roasted peanut and sour plum with a cumin and lime finish make this rather delightful.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Not an overly pronounced aroma but there are hints of peanut and lime
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Unusual flavours of roasted peanuts and sour plums combine with a slightly citrus finish of limes and a spicey warming cumin seed.
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    Excl. VAT: £84.77 Incl. VAT: £101.72

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    The rather unusual qualities of this refreshing armagnac of roasted peanut and sour plum with a cumin and lime finish make this rather delightful.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Not an overly pronounced aroma but there are hints of peanut and lime
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Unusual flavours of roasted peanuts and sour plums combine with a slightly citrus finish of limes and a spicey warming cumin seed.
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  6. Delord 1982 Bas Armagnac

    Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2012 - GOLD Medal

    Delord is a family firm now run by the two great-grandsons of the founder. They use the same distilling and ageing methods as their forefather did. This medal winning vintage has flavours of dried fruits, liquorice and spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried flowers, tobacco and nutmeg
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense, rich flavours of Dried fruits, liquorice and spices.
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    Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2012 - GOLD Medal

    Delord is a family firm now run by the two great-grandsons of the founder. They use the same distilling and ageing methods as their forefather did. This medal winning vintage has flavours of dried fruits, liquorice and spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried flowers, tobacco and nutmeg
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense, rich flavours of Dried fruits, liquorice and spices.
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  7. Clos des Saveurs 1978 Bas Armagnac

    The Clos des Saveurs Cellar Master has devloped a very close relationship with his suppliers. He is often found advising on the production of the eau de vie to ensure that the armagnac is of the highest possible quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Plum and white peach
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and mellow with notes of vanilla in the tail.
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    The Clos des Saveurs Cellar Master has devloped a very close relationship with his suppliers. He is often found advising on the production of the eau de vie to ensure that the armagnac is of the highest possible quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Plum and white peach
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and mellow with notes of vanilla in the tail.
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  8. Delord 1983 Bas Armagnac

    Sylvain and Jérôme are the two sons currently running this famous, family armagnac house business.  This light amber armagnac is a good example of the quality of their work.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aroma is low-key and elegant: vanilla, pepper, butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full and intense flavours with hints of pepper.
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    Sylvain and Jérôme are the two sons currently running this famous, family armagnac house business.  This light amber armagnac is a good example of the quality of their work.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aroma is low-key and elegant: vanilla, pepper, butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full and intense flavours with hints of pepper.
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  9. Castarède 1981 Bas Armagnac

    This is produced by the oldest trading House of Armagnac, established in 1832. Light and easy on the nose , the prune flavour is in abundance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and easy on the nose. Finely wooded with a hint of dried prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and long with flavours of light prunes and an almond tail.
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    This is produced by the oldest trading House of Armagnac, established in 1832. Light and easy on the nose , the prune flavour is in abundance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and easy on the nose. Finely wooded with a hint of dried prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and long with flavours of light prunes and an almond tail.
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  10. Clos des Saveurs 1979 Bas Armagnac

    Armagnacs are aged in oak casks to develop their flavours. This vintage was harvested in 1979 and aged for almost 40 years in wood before being bottled.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prune and woody vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lightly caramelized with cocoa and notes of toasted nuts
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    Armagnacs are aged in oak casks to develop their flavours. This vintage was harvested in 1979 and aged for almost 40 years in wood before being bottled.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prune and woody vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lightly caramelized with cocoa and notes of toasted nuts
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  11. Delord 1984 Bas Armagnac

    Concours des Armagnacs à Eauze 2004 - GOLD Medal

    The Delord estate comprises a prime 20 hectare vineyard in the heart of the premier cru, Bas Armagnac. Their armagnacs are distilled at a low temperature during a slow distillation process which gives the spirit more flavour and character.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Oak, crystallised oranges and vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried flowers, fruits and notes of spices
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    Excl. VAT: £77.18 Incl. VAT: £92.62

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    Concours des Armagnacs à Eauze 2004 - GOLD Medal

    The Delord estate comprises a prime 20 hectare vineyard in the heart of the premier cru, Bas Armagnac. Their armagnacs are distilled at a low temperature during a slow distillation process which gives the spirit more flavour and character.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Oak, crystallised oranges and vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried flowers, fruits and notes of spices
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  12. Delord 1985 Bas Armagnac

    An amber nectar adorned with orange tints, this is the latest addition to our range of Delord Armagnacs. Dominated by flavours of fruit and spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Roast almonds, hazelnut, toffee apple and an array of spices including cinnamon, clove and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Spicy palate of baked apple and raisin followed by a wave of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Long finish of orange zest, vanilla and nutmeg.
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    An amber nectar adorned with orange tints, this is the latest addition to our range of Delord Armagnacs. Dominated by flavours of fruit and spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Roast almonds, hazelnut, toffee apple and an array of spices including cinnamon, clove and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Spicy palate of baked apple and raisin followed by a wave of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Long finish of orange zest, vanilla and nutmeg.
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