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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. Clos des Saveurs 1972 Bas Armagnac

    Eric Artiguelongue, owner of Clos des Saveurs, purchases his Armagnacs from minute grower-distillers before ageing them in oak barrels until they reach their peak quality. Every one is bottled by hand.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Mild aromas of wood, vanilla and sweet spices,
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Smooth and beautifully round with notes of cocoa in the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £103.66 Incl. VAT: £124.39

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    Eric Artiguelongue, owner of Clos des Saveurs, purchases his Armagnacs from minute grower-distillers before ageing them in oak barrels until they reach their peak quality. Every one is bottled by hand.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Mild aromas of wood, vanilla and sweet spices,
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Smooth and beautifully round with notes of cocoa in the tail.
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  2. Baron de Sainte-Fauste 1980 Bas Armagnac

    The first origins of Baron de Sainte-Fauste go back to the reign of Henri IV when the king knighted Jean de Sainte-Fauste with the status, Baron de Sainte-Fauste, for services to the crown. Through time, the notoriety of the Sainte-Fauste family became worldwide, partly thanks to its famous coat of arms; a golden lion on a royal blue background, but principally thanks to its production of eau-de-vie, which, over time, became recognised for sublime quality Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A lovely, fresh nose showing aromas of dried fruits, candied oranges and subtle hints of rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fine and round in the mouth with flavours of Corinthian grapes, cinnamon and honey a superb finale of candied fruits and light wood.
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    Excl. VAT: £103.50 Incl. VAT: £124.20

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    The first origins of Baron de Sainte-Fauste go back to the reign of Henri IV when the king knighted Jean de Sainte-Fauste with the status, Baron de Sainte-Fauste, for services to the crown. Through time, the notoriety of the Sainte-Fauste family became worldwide, partly thanks to its famous coat of arms; a golden lion on a royal blue background, but principally thanks to its production of eau-de-vie, which, over time, became recognised for sublime quality Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A lovely, fresh nose showing aromas of dried fruits, candied oranges and subtle hints of rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fine and round in the mouth with flavours of Corinthian grapes, cinnamon and honey a superb finale of candied fruits and light wood.
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  3. Delord 1974 Bas Armagnac

    The sandy and silty soil of Bas Armagnac produces fruity, light, delicate and highly praised spirits and this 1974 Delord is no exception.

    "This Armagnac is rich and delicious..." Olly Smith, TV Presenter and Journalist

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cocoa and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full flavours of coffee, cocoa and vanilla.
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    Excl. VAT: £101.15 Incl. VAT: £121.38

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    The sandy and silty soil of Bas Armagnac produces fruity, light, delicate and highly praised spirits and this 1974 Delord is no exception.

    "This Armagnac is rich and delicious..." Olly Smith, TV Presenter and Journalist

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cocoa and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full flavours of coffee, cocoa and vanilla.
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  4. Chateau de Bordeneuve 1985 Bas Armagnac

    Quite a round finish on this excellent armagnac. It has vanilla and almond flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fine nose marked with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and candied orange.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lots of roundness in the mouth. Floral notes, oak and spice on a long, nice finish of toasted almonds and vanilla.
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    Excl. VAT: £101.05 Incl. VAT: £121.26

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    Quite a round finish on this excellent armagnac. It has vanilla and almond flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fine nose marked with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and candied orange.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lots of roundness in the mouth. Floral notes, oak and spice on a long, nice finish of toasted almonds and vanilla.
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  5. Domaine du Cardinat 1977 Bas Armagnac

    Another great vintage Bas Armagnac from this small family firm. Soft on the palate with slightly woody flavours and notes of hazelnut and toasted almonds, it also has a really well balanced finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Spices, vanilla and dried fruits such as dates, raisins and fresh black prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft on the palate and slightly woody with notes of hazelnut and toasted almonds. A well balanced finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £99.15 Incl. VAT: £118.98

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    Another great vintage Bas Armagnac from this small family firm. Soft on the palate with slightly woody flavours and notes of hazelnut and toasted almonds, it also has a really well balanced finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Spices, vanilla and dried fruits such as dates, raisins and fresh black prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft on the palate and slightly woody with notes of hazelnut and toasted almonds. A well balanced finish.
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  6. Castarède 1978 Bas Armagnac

    One of the most important collections of Armagnac vintages is owned by the Castarède family; the oldest dates from 1893. Their Armagnacs have the appearance of liquid gold with touches of topaz, sienna and orange highlights.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of dried fig, eucalyptus and blond tobacco.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of dried fruits, prune, grape, orange bark and almond with a finish of white chocolate.
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    Excl. VAT: £99.10 Incl. VAT: £118.92

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    One of the most important collections of Armagnac vintages is owned by the Castarède family; the oldest dates from 1893. Their Armagnacs have the appearance of liquid gold with touches of topaz, sienna and orange highlights.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of dried fig, eucalyptus and blond tobacco.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of dried fruits, prune, grape, orange bark and almond with a finish of white chocolate.
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  7. Chateau de Bordeneuve 1987 Bas Armagnac

    One of a range of armagnacs from Chateau de Bordeneuve, distilled at around 62 degrees. Dried fruit, cinnamon and crystalised fruits are all in this range and most are of a high quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fine and complex nose with passion fruit and delicate vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very smooth and full in the mouth with flavours of dried fruit, cinnamon and candied fruit. Beautiful and long finish of raisins and light wood.
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    Excl. VAT: £98.90 Incl. VAT: £118.68

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    One of a range of armagnacs from Chateau de Bordeneuve, distilled at around 62 degrees. Dried fruit, cinnamon and crystalised fruits are all in this range and most are of a high quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fine and complex nose with passion fruit and delicate vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very smooth and full in the mouth with flavours of dried fruit, cinnamon and candied fruit. Beautiful and long finish of raisins and light wood.
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  8. Delord 1975 Bas Armagnac

    The Delord armagnacs come in the traditional armagnac bottles. Very well balanced and mellow, the flavours will delight you.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex, rustic aromas of liquorice, trodden grass, pepper and coffee.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well balanced and mellow, peppery flavours and rancio.
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    Excl. VAT: £97.78 Incl. VAT: £117.34

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    The Delord armagnacs come in the traditional armagnac bottles. Very well balanced and mellow, the flavours will delight you.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex, rustic aromas of liquorice, trodden grass, pepper and coffee.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well balanced and mellow, peppery flavours and rancio.
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  9. Domaine de Larriou (Dando) 1987 Bas Armagnac
    Sadly Domaine de Larriou no longer make armagnacs but they still have large quantities in their cellars. The style is complex with crystalised fruits and prune showing through but there are glorious flavours of roasted almonds, vanilla and spices all competing in this lovely armagnac.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some wonderful complex sweet spices, roasted nuts and coffee aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Crystallised fruits, prunes, roasted almonds, vanilla and spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £97.68 Incl. VAT: £117.22

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    Sadly Domaine de Larriou no longer make armagnacs but they still have large quantities in their cellars. The style is complex with crystalised fruits and prune showing through but there are glorious flavours of roasted almonds, vanilla and spices all competing in this lovely armagnac.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some wonderful complex sweet spices, roasted nuts and coffee aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Crystallised fruits, prunes, roasted almonds, vanilla and spices.
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  10. Delord 1976 Bas Armagnac
    Another great vintage from the well known Delord estate, this 1976 exudes deep rich prune and brandied fruit flavours.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Hay, pepper and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense, rich prune and brandied fruit flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £94.00 Incl. VAT: £112.80

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    Another great vintage from the well known Delord estate, this 1976 exudes deep rich prune and brandied fruit flavours.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Hay, pepper and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense, rich prune and brandied fruit flavours.
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  11. Chateau de Bordeneuve 1989 Bas Armagnac

    Excellent all round armagnac with crystalised and dried fruit fruit flavours and showing some spice. This is really an excellent value armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex vanilla and passion fruit nose
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Apple, soft fruits and grapes which fades to an angelica crystalised fruit finish
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    Excl. VAT: £91.94 Incl. VAT: £110.33

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    Excellent all round armagnac with crystalised and dried fruit fruit flavours and showing some spice. This is really an excellent value armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex vanilla and passion fruit nose
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Apple, soft fruits and grapes which fades to an angelica crystalised fruit finish
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  12. Delord 1977 Bas Armagnac
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    The 1977 armagnac from this firm has really good aromatic flavours. It has aged well and has characteristics of armagnacs which have been made from earlier years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Natural wood, pepper, vanilla, cumin and incense.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Aromatic flavours and a great depth and length.
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    Excl. VAT: £91.41 Incl. VAT: £109.69

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    The 1977 armagnac from this firm has really good aromatic flavours. It has aged well and has characteristics of armagnacs which have been made from earlier years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Natural wood, pepper, vanilla, cumin and incense.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Aromatic flavours and a great depth and length.
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