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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. Domaine du Cardinat 1995 Bas Armagnac

    Concours des Talents d'Armagnac 2012-13 - Gold Medal

    Today this family business is run by Patricia and her husband. They are continuing the family tradition whilst embracing selected modern methods of production. The domain covers seven hectares, of which five are devoted to the production of Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A citrus, most notably tangerine, nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and smooth, dominated by greengage and orangey notes with a peppery finish. A very slight hint of mint.
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    Excl. VAT: £54.63 Incl. VAT: £65.56

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    Concours des Talents d'Armagnac 2012-13 - Gold Medal

    Today this family business is run by Patricia and her husband. They are continuing the family tradition whilst embracing selected modern methods of production. The domain covers seven hectares, of which five are devoted to the production of Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A citrus, most notably tangerine, nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and smooth, dominated by greengage and orangey notes with a peppery finish. A very slight hint of mint.
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  2. Delord Vintage 1996 Bas Armagnac

    From the 1996 harvest, this is one of the more modern armagnac vintages. 

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    Excl. VAT: £54.80 Incl. VAT: £65.76

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    From the 1996 harvest, this is one of the more modern armagnac vintages. 

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  3. Delord Vintage 1995 Bas Armagnac

    We are delighted to find that the quality of Delord's more recent vintages is as high as ever.

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    Excl. VAT: £55.15 Incl. VAT: £66.18

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    We are delighted to find that the quality of Delord's more recent vintages is as high as ever.

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  4. Delord 20 Year Old Bas Armagnac

    Although still quite small, Delord rank amongst the greats in Gascogne. Their distillation is around 60 degrees and this provides many of the traditional prune and fruit flavours of the region but also many of the rich nutty flavours of spirits distilled at a higher range. They are also small enough to have more individuality between vintages although all their armagnacs gain greater maturity with age.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and dried fruits and an aromatic richness with notes of soft spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones and notes of soft spices such as cinnamon
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    Excl. VAT: £55.57 Incl. VAT: £66.68

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    Although still quite small, Delord rank amongst the greats in Gascogne. Their distillation is around 60 degrees and this provides many of the traditional prune and fruit flavours of the region but also many of the rich nutty flavours of spirits distilled at a higher range. They are also small enough to have more individuality between vintages although all their armagnacs gain greater maturity with age.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and dried fruits and an aromatic richness with notes of soft spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones and notes of soft spices such as cinnamon
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  5. Castarède Vintage 1997 Bas Armagnac

    Castarède owns one of the most important collections of armagnac vintages, their oldest one dates from 1888. The 1997 is one of their more recent vintages.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich fruit nose of fresh plum and lime tree.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Firm mouth with gingerbread flavours and a long finish of dried fruit with walnut notes.
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    Excl. VAT: £55.77 Incl. VAT: £66.92

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    Castarède owns one of the most important collections of armagnac vintages, their oldest one dates from 1888. The 1997 is one of their more recent vintages.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich fruit nose of fresh plum and lime tree.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Firm mouth with gingerbread flavours and a long finish of dried fruit with walnut notes.
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  6. Castarède Vintage 1994 Bas Armagnac

    The Castarède Family has been managing and developing its armagnac production for six generations. Today, Florence Castarède runs the company.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromas of caramel and cooked prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and warm mouth expressing prune and hazelnut flavours.
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    The Castarède Family has been managing and developing its armagnac production for six generations. Today, Florence Castarède runs the company.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromas of caramel and cooked prunes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round and warm mouth expressing prune and hazelnut flavours.
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  7. Clos des Saveurs 1993 Bas Armagnac

    Purchased in minute quantities from small growers-distillers, the Clos des Saveurs Armagnacs are aged in oak barrels until they have reached their optimum quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime and verbena
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round in the mouth with flavours of caramel cream
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    Excl. VAT: £58.03 Incl. VAT: £69.64

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    Purchased in minute quantities from small growers-distillers, the Clos des Saveurs Armagnacs are aged in oak barrels until they have reached their optimum quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime and verbena
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Round in the mouth with flavours of caramel cream
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  8. Domaine du Cardinat 1994 Bas Armagnac

    Concours Général Agricole Paris 2012 - Silver Medal

    Concours des Grandes Eaux de Vie d'Armagnac 2012 - Gold Medal

    There are some interesting aromatic flavours of blackberries and sweet spices in this bright copper armagnac which has a good balance.  Good armagnac in the traditional basquaise bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Stewed prunes and quince jelly.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Aromatic blackberries and sweet spices with a good balance at the finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £58.50 Incl. VAT: £70.20

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    Concours Général Agricole Paris 2012 - Silver Medal

    Concours des Grandes Eaux de Vie d'Armagnac 2012 - Gold Medal

    There are some interesting aromatic flavours of blackberries and sweet spices in this bright copper armagnac which has a good balance.  Good armagnac in the traditional basquaise bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Stewed prunes and quince jelly.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Aromatic blackberries and sweet spices with a good balance at the finish.
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  9. Castarède Vintage 1992 Bas Armagnac

    Concours des Talents de l'Armagnac 2014 - Gold Medal

    A delicate, fresh Armagnac with aromas of prune, orange peel and sweet almond. Produced by the oldest armagnac house founded in 1832.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate fresh prune and orange peel with a note of sweet almond.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruity, prune flavours with great length.
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    Excl. VAT: £58.95 Incl. VAT: £70.74

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    Concours des Talents de l'Armagnac 2014 - Gold Medal

    A delicate, fresh Armagnac with aromas of prune, orange peel and sweet almond. Produced by the oldest armagnac house founded in 1832.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate fresh prune and orange peel with a note of sweet almond.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruity, prune flavours with great length.
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  10. Castarède Vintage 1991 Bas Armagnac

    Aromas of floral acacia with notes of walnut stain and coffee characterise this delicious Armagnac which is produced in the heart of Bas Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral acacia with notes of walnut and coffee
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex flavours with good length and a finish of roasted coffee.
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    Aromas of floral acacia with notes of walnut stain and coffee characterise this delicious Armagnac which is produced in the heart of Bas Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral acacia with notes of walnut and coffee
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex flavours with good length and a finish of roasted coffee.
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  11. Delord Vintage 1994 Bas Armagnac

    Distilled over 20 years ago this is one of the youngest vintage armagnacs that we stock. Powerful flavours with notes of vanilla and toast are finished off with cooked apple aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of candied fruits, vanilla, cocoa and butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful flavour has notes of vanilla and toast finishing with cooked apple aromas.
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    Distilled over 20 years ago this is one of the youngest vintage armagnacs that we stock. Powerful flavours with notes of vanilla and toast are finished off with cooked apple aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of candied fruits, vanilla, cocoa and butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful flavour has notes of vanilla and toast finishing with cooked apple aromas.
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  12. Clos des Saveurs 1990 Bas Armagnac

    These fine armagnacs are collected by an old cellar master with vast experience and the quality is very high. The presentation is excellent and we are pleased that the firm use the traditional dark green basquaise bottles. 

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Interesting aromas of kumquats and tarragon herbs with coriander.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A great armagnac and for its age has many fine qualities including some citrus flavours of mandarin and banana with a spicy cumin and mace palate.
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    These fine armagnacs are collected by an old cellar master with vast experience and the quality is very high. The presentation is excellent and we are pleased that the firm use the traditional dark green basquaise bottles. 

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Interesting aromas of kumquats and tarragon herbs with coriander.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A great armagnac and for its age has many fine qualities including some citrus flavours of mandarin and banana with a spicy cumin and mace palate.
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