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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 1936 Bas Armagnac

    Lovely smooth and intensely flavoured armagnac. Fine and delightful flavour, typically of prunes, butter and caramel with an intense richness.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: very powerful aroma of prunes, cocoa rancio and pepper.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round with an intense rancio and flavours of butter and caramel.
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    Excl. VAT: £1,277.33 Incl. VAT: £1,532.80

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    Lovely smooth and intensely flavoured armagnac. Fine and delightful flavour, typically of prunes, butter and caramel with an intense richness.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: very powerful aroma of prunes, cocoa rancio and pepper.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round with an intense rancio and flavours of butter and caramel.
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  2. Delord 1937 Bas Armagnac

    These armagnacs, made between the war years are exceedingly rare and highly regarded. Many brandies were lost and we are lucky to still have such fine brandies available.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Bitter orange, vanilla, cocoa, honey and toast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Smooth and well balanced with flavours of chocolate and toast. Lovely, intense aromatic length.
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    Excl. VAT: £1,265.50 Incl. VAT: £1,518.60

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    These armagnacs, made between the war years are exceedingly rare and highly regarded. Many brandies were lost and we are lucky to still have such fine brandies available.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Bitter orange, vanilla, cocoa, honey and toast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Smooth and well balanced with flavours of chocolate and toast. Lovely, intense aromatic length.
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  3. Clos des Saveurs 1953 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Distilled by the traditional method over 65 years ago, this exceptional 1953 vintage armagnac has a rich rancio and flavours of dried fruits and spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful nose of dried fruit, almonds, butter and spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich rancio with flavours of dried fruits and spices in the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £1,230.12 Incl. VAT: £1,476.14

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    Distilled by the traditional method over 65 years ago, this exceptional 1953 vintage armagnac has a rich rancio and flavours of dried fruits and spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful nose of dried fruit, almonds, butter and spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich rancio with flavours of dried fruits and spices in the tail.
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  4. 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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  5. 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: £1,088.33 Incl. VAT: £1,306.00

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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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  6. Delord 1939 Bas Armagnac

    The remaining old vintages are becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain and their rarity is reflected in their price which regrettably will never go down.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee, vanilla, orange, cocoa and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well aged in oak, the flavours are dominated by liquorice.
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    Excl. VAT: £1,076.14 Incl. VAT: £1,291.37

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    The remaining old vintages are becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain and their rarity is reflected in their price which regrettably will never go down.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee, vanilla, orange, cocoa and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well aged in oak, the flavours are dominated by liquorice.
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  7. Castarède 1938 Bas Armagnac
    A rarity in the Castarede range, the 1938 is one of only a few of this vintage still available and precious few can be found with any other supplier.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are aromas of cedar, crystallised fruits and prunes but more complex smells of straw and nuts are also in existence.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a richness of crystallised fruits in syrup flavour but also flavours of roasted nuts. These armagnacs have delightfully subtle flavours
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    Excl. VAT: £1,045.42 Incl. VAT: £1,254.50

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    A rarity in the Castarede range, the 1938 is one of only a few of this vintage still available and precious few can be found with any other supplier.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are aromas of cedar, crystallised fruits and prunes but more complex smells of straw and nuts are also in existence.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a richness of crystallised fruits in syrup flavour but also flavours of roasted nuts. These armagnacs have delightfully subtle flavours
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  8. 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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  9. Darbeau 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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  10. Delord 1940 Bas Armagnac

    At this age all armagnacs should be good, this is no exception. Very smooth and intensely fruity with a fine finish and length on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Orange, underwood, cinnamon, almonds and straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and balanced with a lovely length and fruity, coffee flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £990.19 Incl. VAT: £1,188.23

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    At this age all armagnacs should be good, this is no exception. Very smooth and intensely fruity with a fine finish and length on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Orange, underwood, cinnamon, almonds and straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and balanced with a lovely length and fruity, coffee flavours.
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  11. Castarède 1940 Bas Armagnac

    This is quite pruney and has a deeper flavour than some of the other armagnacs in the Castarede range and probably distilled outside the normal Castarede range of distillers.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is quite pruney and has a deeper flavour than some of the other armagnacs in the Castarede range
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    Excl. VAT: £988.47 Incl. VAT: £1,186.16

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    This is quite pruney and has a deeper flavour than some of the other armagnacs in the Castarede range and probably distilled outside the normal Castarede range of distillers.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is quite pruney and has a deeper flavour than some of the other armagnacs in the Castarede range
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  12. Delord 1941 Bas Armagnac

    Great armagnac with intense rancio qualities. This is a type of maderisation which creates a rich syrupy mustiness and is much sought after by connoisseurs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense aromas of preserved lemon, bitter orange, vanilla and mandarin orange.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow with long-lasting flavours of liquorice and bitter orange.
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    Excl. VAT: £985.69 Incl. VAT: £1,182.83

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    Great armagnac with intense rancio qualities. This is a type of maderisation which creates a rich syrupy mustiness and is much sought after by connoisseurs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense aromas of preserved lemon, bitter orange, vanilla and mandarin orange.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow with long-lasting flavours of liquorice and bitter orange.
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