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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 Vintage 1965 Bas Armagnac

    Florence Castarede does not distil her own armagnacs and her style is probably best found in this vintage. Crystalised fruits, almonds and pecan nuts all combine to provide a style that Castarede has characterised in most of its vintages. Distillation of these armagnacs is at around 60 degrees which accounts for the drier fruit flavours and use of the Baco and Folle Blanche grapes.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prune is the aroma that you first notice but there is also some bay, nutmeg and candied fruit.
    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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    Excl. VAT: £235.10 Incl. VAT: £282.12

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    Florence Castarede does not distil her own armagnacs and her style is probably best found in this vintage. Crystalised fruits, almonds and pecan nuts all combine to provide a style that Castarede has characterised in most of its vintages. Distillation of these armagnacs is at around 60 degrees which accounts for the drier fruit flavours and use of the Baco and Folle Blanche grapes.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prune is the aroma that you first notice but there is also some bay, nutmeg and candied fruit.
    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 Vintage 1964 Bas Armagnac
    A very rich Armagnac, deep gold in colour and an aroma of prune and walnuts with some oak.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas. Very rich style
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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    Excl. VAT: £252.73 Incl. VAT: £303.28

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    A very rich Armagnac, deep gold in colour and an aroma of prune and walnuts with some oak.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas. Very rich style
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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  3. Delord Vintage 1969 Bas Armagnac
    At more than 40 years of ageing, Delord armagnac's have reached a greater maturity and can often develop a rancio or enrichening of the spirit.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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    At more than 40 years of ageing, Delord armagnac's have reached a greater maturity and can often develop a rancio or enrichening of the spirit.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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  4. Montal Vintage Armagnac 1963
    Only one bottle remaining
    After more than 45 years of ageing Montal armagnacs start to develop greater individuality. Plum flavours are richer and there is more sweet prune qualities than in their younger armagnacs. All of the Montal armagnacs have great refinement and balance which seems to improve even more with age.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: A wonderful predominace of ripe victoria plums and nutty aromas, which is consistent throughout their range of vintages and which gets richer as they age.
    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 coffee flavours also show at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour.
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    After more than 45 years of ageing Montal armagnacs start to develop greater individuality. Plum flavours are richer and there is more sweet prune qualities than in their younger armagnacs. All of the Montal armagnacs have great refinement and balance which seems to improve even more with age.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: A wonderful predominace of ripe victoria plums and nutty aromas, which is consistent throughout their range of vintages and which gets richer as they age.
    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 coffee flavours also show at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour.
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  5. Delord Vintage 1963 Bas Armagnac

    This is richer and smoother than the younger Delord armagnacs since it has aged in oak for longer. It is great value for an armagnac that was made nearly 50 years ago.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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    This is richer and smoother than the younger Delord armagnacs since it has aged in oak for longer. It is great value for an armagnac that was made nearly 50 years ago.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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  6. Montal Vintage Bas Armagnac 1960
    Only one bottle remaining
    Lovely rich prune flavour with just a hint of Rancio, much sought after by connoisseurs and lovers of fine armagnac .
    Aroma:
    Aroma: A wonderful predominace of ripe victoria plums and nutty aromas, which is consistent throughout their range of vintages and which gets richer as they age.
    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 coffee flavours also show at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour.
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    Lovely rich prune flavour with just a hint of Rancio, much sought after by connoisseurs and lovers of fine armagnac .
    Aroma:
    Aroma: A wonderful predominace of ripe victoria plums and nutty aromas, which is consistent throughout their range of vintages and which gets richer as they age.
    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 coffee flavours also show at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour.
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  7. Castarède Vintage 1963 Bas Armagnac
    More sweetness on the nose than on the palate.The armagnac has a noble austerity which gradually reveals a warm nature provided allow it to breathe out in the glass.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense and majestic. Slightly intimidating. Cedar and exotic wood. Waxed floors
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Firm and lively, oak has the word but without dominating. There is an elegant interplay between wood and fruit. Dried apricot. Intense chocolate. With a long and very chocolatey finish terminating in soft spices.
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    More sweetness on the nose than on the palate.The armagnac has a noble austerity which gradually reveals a warm nature provided allow it to breathe out in the glass.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense and majestic. Slightly intimidating. Cedar and exotic wood. Waxed floors
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Firm and lively, oak has the word but without dominating. There is an elegant interplay between wood and fruit. Dried apricot. Intense chocolate. With a long and very chocolatey finish terminating in soft spices.
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  8. Domaine de Guilhombeyrie 1960
    This will be the replacement for the Domaine de Gachot 1960 from this house, which is becoming more scarce.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful and elegant nose with aromas of coffee and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Bold, supple and mellow in the mouth with a lovely finish of roasted almonds
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    This will be the replacement for the Domaine de Gachot 1960 from this house, which is becoming more scarce.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful and elegant nose with aromas of coffee and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Bold, supple and mellow in the mouth with a lovely finish of roasted almonds
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  9. Delord Vintage Bas Armagnac 1962 (Ariane)
    Only one bottle remaining

    At more than 50 years old, this is another wonderful example of a rich, fruity vintage Armagnac, this time presented in an 'Ariane' bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas. Very rich style
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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    At more than 50 years old, this is another wonderful example of a rich, fruity vintage Armagnac, this time presented in an 'Ariane' bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas. Very rich style
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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  10. Domaine de Gachot 1960 Mauléon Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Colour is pale gold and has powerful but elegant aromas of coffee and grilled almonds. Taste of rich almonds, fruit cake, coffee and dried prunes.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful and elegant nose with aromas of coffee and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Bold, supple and mellow in the mouth with a lovely finish of roasted almonds
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    Colour is pale gold and has powerful but elegant aromas of coffee and grilled almonds. Taste of rich almonds, fruit cake, coffee and dried prunes.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful and elegant nose with aromas of coffee and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Bold, supple and mellow in the mouth with a lovely finish of roasted almonds
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  11. Delord Vintage 1962 Bas Armagnac
    Produced by a small family firm in the Bas Armagnac area where the soft, humid climate gives this Armagnac a lightness and subtle fragrance.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas. Very rich style
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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    Excl. VAT: £317.74 Incl. VAT: £381.29

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    Produced by a small family firm in the Bas Armagnac area where the soft, humid climate gives this Armagnac a lightness and subtle fragrance.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas. Very rich style
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. A deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
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  12. Castarède Vintage 1962 Bas Armagnac

    This is one of Castarede's traditional styles, being a negoçiant styles can change but this represents the larger proportion of these great armagnacs. Crystalised fruits and honey.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex nose, floral, candied fruits
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft attack, round in the mouth, balanced
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    This is one of Castarede's traditional styles, being a negoçiant styles can change but this represents the larger proportion of these great armagnacs. Crystalised fruits and honey.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex nose, floral, candied fruits
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft attack, round in the mouth, balanced
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