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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. Baron de Lustrac 1936 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining
    This wonderful example of a 1936 vintage armagnac comes from the top cru of Bas. Although produced by a negociant, only the finest eaux de vie are selected to be aged in vintage casks. Still in excellent condition, this bottle comes in its original wooden presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and nuts, crystalised
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Crystalised fruit, damsons and prunes
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    Excl. VAT: £951.23 Incl. VAT: £1,141.48

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    This wonderful example of a 1936 vintage armagnac comes from the top cru of Bas. Although produced by a negociant, only the finest eaux de vie are selected to be aged in vintage casks. Still in excellent condition, this bottle comes in its original wooden presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and nuts, crystalised
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Crystalised fruit, damsons and prunes
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  2. Delord 1943 Bas Armagnac
    Excellent quality and very little available.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, nut, soft toffee, fresh and toasted notes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Strong and complex flavours of toffee, chocolate and liquorice.
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    Excl. VAT: £953.45 Incl. VAT: £1,144.14

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    Excellent quality and very little available.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, nut, soft toffee, fresh and toasted notes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Strong and complex flavours of toffee, chocolate and liquorice.
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  3. Delord 1942 Bas Armagnac

    War time armagnacs are in short supply. Good, rich and lots of plummy flavours. They have a fine quality and were closely guarded by the locals to prevent the Germans obtaining them.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, liquorice, fruit paste and cumin.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round with mellow, plummy flavours and delicate notes of citrus and vanilla.
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    Excl. VAT: £965.65 Incl. VAT: £1,158.78

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    War time armagnacs are in short supply. Good, rich and lots of plummy flavours. They have a fine quality and were closely guarded by the locals to prevent the Germans obtaining them.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, liquorice, fruit paste and cumin.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round with mellow, plummy flavours and delicate notes of citrus and vanilla.
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  4. Delord 1945 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining
    Great year, very little still available but excellent quality. Like many from the top cru "Bas", rarer vintages are running out and this is particularly good.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense with chocolate and butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Praline and coffee flavours typical of old armagnac and amazing length.
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    Excl. VAT: £968.28 Incl. VAT: £1,161.94

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    Great year, very little still available but excellent quality. Like many from the top cru "Bas", rarer vintages are running out and this is particularly good.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense with chocolate and butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Praline and coffee flavours typical of old armagnac and amazing length.
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  5. Darbeau 1943 Bas Armagnac

    War time armagnac, with little left, but for all that it is one of the nice ones from the firm and representing really excellent value for one this old.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aromas of plum and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex flavours of Victoria plum and prune with a nutty middle mouth and hints of vanilla. Fruitiness dominates to the finish which is quite long. Some toffee and mocha also exist.
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    Excl. VAT: £980.43 Incl. VAT: £1,176.52

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    War time armagnac, with little left, but for all that it is one of the nice ones from the firm and representing really excellent value for one this old.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aromas of plum and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex flavours of Victoria plum and prune with a nutty middle mouth and hints of vanilla. Fruitiness dominates to the finish which is quite long. Some toffee and mocha also exist.
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  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. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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