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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 1968 Bas Armagnac

    Another gem from the cellars at Chateau de Maniban, the 1968 is distilled lower than most in the range and is probably one of the nicest from this particular distiller.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A little herbal with some bay, nutmeg and prune
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Richer than some of Florence Castarede's armagnacs. This is much more nutty and has some toffee and roasted walnut flavours.
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    Another gem from the cellars at Chateau de Maniban, the 1968 is distilled lower than most in the range and is probably one of the nicest from this particular distiller.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A little herbal with some bay, nutmeg and prune
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Richer than some of Florence Castarede's armagnacs. This is much more nutty and has some toffee and roasted walnut flavours.
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  2. Delord 1965 Bas Armagnac

    After more than 40 years of ageing, Delord armagnacs have reached a greater maturity and can often develop a rancio or enrichening of the spirit.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromas of vanilla, coffee and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful, strong flavours of liquorice, wood and pepper and a long finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £220.38 Incl. VAT: £264.46

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    After more than 40 years of ageing, Delord armagnacs have reached a greater maturity and can often develop a rancio or enrichening of the spirit.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromas of vanilla, coffee and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful, strong flavours of liquorice, wood and pepper and a long finish.
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  3. Delord 1966 Bas Armagnac
    Another classic, rich armagnac produced by this well known family firm who have a large range of very high quality vintages.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruit, liquorice and some oak coupled with a good rancio.
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    Another classic, rich armagnac produced by this well known family firm who have a large range of very high quality vintages.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruit, liquorice and some oak coupled with a good rancio.
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  4. Delord 1967 Bas Armagnac

    A light amber nectar with delightful orangey tints, this armagnac is classic in appearance. Made in the heart of the Bas Armagnac region, it has flavours of vanilla, almond and pepper and is very well balanced.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Bouquet of vanilla from the West Indies.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Vanilla, almond, creamy desserts and pepper.
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    A light amber nectar with delightful orangey tints, this armagnac is classic in appearance. Made in the heart of the Bas Armagnac region, it has flavours of vanilla, almond and pepper and is very well balanced.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Bouquet of vanilla from the West Indies.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Vanilla, almond, creamy desserts and pepper.
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  5. Delord 1968 Bas Armagnac

    The Armagnac Delord story started in 1893 when Prosper Delord, travelling distiller and cellar master, took his alambic still from farm to farm, transforming white wine into Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee, preserved lemon, vanilla and pine.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense, complex, and full with flavours of coffee, cocoa and preserved orange.
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    The Armagnac Delord story started in 1893 when Prosper Delord, travelling distiller and cellar master, took his alambic still from farm to farm, transforming white wine into Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee, preserved lemon, vanilla and pine.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense, complex, and full with flavours of coffee, cocoa and preserved orange.
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  6. Darbeau 1967 Bas Armagnac

    The small inperfections in distillation and ageing make this one of the more interesting armagnacs for dedicated armagnac drinkers.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha, nuts 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 mocha exist in the middle.
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    The small inperfections in distillation and ageing make this one of the more interesting armagnacs for dedicated armagnac drinkers.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha, nuts 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 mocha exist in the middle.
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  7. Domaine de Moutouguet 1969 Monguilhelm Bas Armagnac (Wooden Box)

    Light amber with a full aroma of cinnamon and prunes. Complex taste of cloves and redcurrants.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful aroma that evokes cinnamon then prunes
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full and round in the mouth, very complex, leaving an impression of cloves dominated by faint notes of red fruits.
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    Light amber with a full aroma of cinnamon and prunes. Complex taste of cloves and redcurrants.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful aroma that evokes cinnamon then prunes
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full and round in the mouth, very complex, leaving an impression of cloves dominated by faint notes of red fruits.
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  8. Clos des Saveurs 1968 Bas Armagnac

    Armagnac is one of France's oldest spirits and produced in the Gascony region. The Bas Armagnac cru produces the highest quality, most refined and complex armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very thin nose with aromas of candied fruits.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Flavours are mellow and soft with notes of vanilla in the tail.
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    Armagnac is one of France's oldest spirits and produced in the Gascony region. The Bas Armagnac cru produces the highest quality, most refined and complex armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very thin nose with aromas of candied fruits.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Flavours are mellow and soft with notes of vanilla in the tail.
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  9. Castarède 1970 Bas Armagnac

    Castarède Armagnac is produced at Château de Maniban in Bas Armagnac, located in the west part of the appellation. Regarded as the top armagnac cru, the area produces light, fruity, delicate and highly reputed eaux-de-vie.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Crystallised lemon and orange peel with a hint of vanilla and oak.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well balanced with a light shade of vanilla. Dusty oak and earthy notes follow citrus and caramel.
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    Castarède Armagnac is produced at Château de Maniban in Bas Armagnac, located in the west part of the appellation. Regarded as the top armagnac cru, the area produces light, fruity, delicate and highly reputed eaux-de-vie.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Crystallised lemon and orange peel with a hint of vanilla and oak.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well balanced with a light shade of vanilla. Dusty oak and earthy notes follow citrus and caramel.
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  10. Domaine de Lagardenne 1973 Larée Bas Armagnac

    Amber in colour with wood, orange and crystalised fruit on the nose. Sweet apple flavour followed by burnt walnut and limes.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Nose with notes of wood, candied orange and candied fruits.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very smooth and full in the mouth. Sweet apple flavour followed by burnt walnut and limes
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    Amber in colour with wood, orange and crystalised fruit on the nose. Sweet apple flavour followed by burnt walnut and limes.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Nose with notes of wood, candied orange and candied fruits.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very smooth and full in the mouth. Sweet apple flavour followed by burnt walnut and limes
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  11. Delord 1970 Bas Armagnac

    A medium intense amber colour with shades of orange, this 1970 armagnac is round and mellow with flavours of crystallised fruits and nuts.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, nuts, crystallized fruits and coffee.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and round in the mouth with flavours of crystallised fruits and nutty tones.
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    A medium intense amber colour with shades of orange, this 1970 armagnac is round and mellow with flavours of crystallised fruits and nuts.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, nuts, crystallized fruits and coffee.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and round in the mouth with flavours of crystallised fruits and nutty tones.
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  12. Domaine de Larriou (Dando) 1973 Bas Armagnac
    One of the older armagnacs from this fine cellar and glorious flavours of almonds, prune and dried fruits. Sadly they stopped making armagnacs but still have quite large stocks.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some wonderful complex sweet spices, roasted hazelnut and coffee aromas consistent with all their armagnacs.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Almond, prune and dried fruit.
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    One of the older armagnacs from this fine cellar and glorious flavours of almonds, prune and dried fruits. Sadly they stopped making armagnacs but still have quite large stocks.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some wonderful complex sweet spices, roasted hazelnut and coffee aromas consistent with all their armagnacs.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Almond, prune and dried fruit.
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