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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 1971 Bas Armagnac

    This is one of the great armagnacs from this esteemed house providing delightful fruity flavours with liquorice and Muscat grape.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A predominance of liquorice on the nose but one can also detect Muscat and sandalwood aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The liquorice comes out in the flavour as well as the Muscat grape. There is a noticeable flavour of crystallised fruits.
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    Excl. VAT: £113.60 Incl. VAT: £136.32

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    This is one of the great armagnacs from this esteemed house providing delightful fruity flavours with liquorice and Muscat grape.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A predominance of liquorice on the nose but one can also detect Muscat and sandalwood aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The liquorice comes out in the flavour as well as the Muscat grape. There is a noticeable flavour of crystallised fruits.
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  2. Domaine de Larriou (Dando) 1980 Bas Armagnac

    These armagnacs are distilled at a slightly higher range which tends to provide more dried fruit flavours whilst still maintaining the plummy flavours of Bas armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sweet spices, roasted hazelnut and coffee aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried fruits and plummy flavour.
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    Excl. VAT: £113.80 Incl. VAT: £136.56

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    These armagnacs are distilled at a slightly higher range which tends to provide more dried fruit flavours whilst still maintaining the plummy flavours of Bas armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sweet spices, roasted hazelnut and coffee aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried fruits and plummy flavour.
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  3. Castarède Vintage 1975 Bas Armagnac

    International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 - Gold Medal (Outstanding)

    As with cognac, 1975 was a big year and many fine brandies were made. This medal-winning beauty is no exception.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very well balanced nose, very smooth and tender a marraige of molasses, dry banana, rice powder, white chocolate, nettle flower and Petunias
    Flavour:
    Flavour: It offers leather flavours, dry wood, white truffle and quinine bark tints. The mouth is smooth, woody, with chocolate truffle flavours, vanilla, cinnamon, brioche-like flavours. Finishing with a reminder of liquorice.
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    International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 - Gold Medal (Outstanding)

    As with cognac, 1975 was a big year and many fine brandies were made. This medal-winning beauty is no exception.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very well balanced nose, very smooth and tender a marraige of molasses, dry banana, rice powder, white chocolate, nettle flower and Petunias
    Flavour:
    Flavour: It offers leather flavours, dry wood, white truffle and quinine bark tints. The mouth is smooth, woody, with chocolate truffle flavours, vanilla, cinnamon, brioche-like flavours. Finishing with a reminder of liquorice.
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  4. Delord Vintage 1971 Bas Armagnac

    These armagnacs are still developing and show many fine qualities. The 1971 has benefitted from long barrel ageing and has many of the qualities of some that are older.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, toffee, vanilla, flowers and orange.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light and well-balanced flavours marked by orange and a long finish.
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    These armagnacs are still developing and show many fine qualities. The 1971 has benefitted from long barrel ageing and has many of the qualities of some that are older.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, toffee, vanilla, flowers and orange.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light and well-balanced flavours marked by orange and a long finish.
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  5. Castarède Vintage 1974 Bas Armagnac

    Castarède was recently awarded the title 'Living Heritage Company', a testament to the quality of their product and French 'savoir-faire'. Their Armagnacs are wonderful at any time of the day but the 1974 makes a particularly fine 'digestif'.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very fruity bouquet with lively orange aromas and touches of perfume.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light, elegant, refreshing fruity flavours with an interesting, long spicy finish
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    Castarède was recently awarded the title 'Living Heritage Company', a testament to the quality of their product and French 'savoir-faire'. Their Armagnacs are wonderful at any time of the day but the 1974 makes a particularly fine 'digestif'.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very fruity bouquet with lively orange aromas and touches of perfume.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light, elegant, refreshing fruity flavours with an interesting, long spicy finish
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  6. Clos des Saveurs 1970 Bas Armagnac

    Clos des Saveurs armagnacs are characterised by a rich, strong aroma and a wonderful round and long, intense finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla and sweet spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and balanced with hints of vanilla.
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    Excl. VAT: £129.20 Incl. VAT: £155.04

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    Clos des Saveurs armagnacs are characterised by a rich, strong aroma and a wonderful round and long, intense finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla and sweet spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and balanced with hints of vanilla.
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  7. 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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  8. Delord Vintage 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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  9. 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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  10. Castarède Vintage 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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