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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. Montal Vintage Armagnac 1963
    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: Fruity aroma including nectarine, peach and dates.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense flavours of dried-stone fruits and spicy notes at the finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £264.17 Incl. VAT: £317.00

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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: Fruity aroma including nectarine, peach and dates.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense flavours of dried-stone fruits and spicy notes at the finish.
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  2. 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 over 50 years ago.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Wood, pine wood, coffee and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate there are flavours of coffee and rancio together with vanilla, butter and liquorice. Very well balanced.
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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 over 50 years ago.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Wood, pine wood, coffee and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate there are flavours of coffee and rancio together with vanilla, butter and liquorice. Very well balanced.
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  3. Montal Vintage Bas Armagnac 1960
    Lovely rich prune flavour with just a hint of Rancio, much sought after by connoisseurs and lovers of fine armagnac .
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Walnuts, cocoa and leather.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow prune and quince flavours add to the complexity.
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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: Walnuts, cocoa and leather.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow prune and quince flavours add to the complexity.
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  4. 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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  5. Delord Vintage 1962 Bas Armagnac (Ariane)
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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: Vanilla, butter, rancio, toffee, "creme brulée".
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and well balanced flavours that linger in the mouth for some time after tasting.
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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: Vanilla, butter, rancio, toffee, "creme brulée".
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and well balanced flavours that linger in the mouth for some time after tasting.
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  6. 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: Vanilla, butter, rancio, toffee, "creme brulée".
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and well balanced flavours that linger in the mouth for some time after tasting.
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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: Vanilla, butter, rancio, toffee, "creme brulée".
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and well balanced flavours that linger in the mouth for some time after tasting.
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  7. 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: Crystallised fruits and honey. 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: Crystallised fruits and honey. Soft attack, round in the mouth, balanced
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  8. Darbeau Vintage 1962 Bas Armagnac
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    This has greater depth than the younger armagnacs from Darbeau with good balance showing a maturity and balance beyond its years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aroma with mocha and nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense richness with great balance and depth. A delightful Victoria plum and prune taste with a nutty middle mouth. A long, fruity finish with some toffee and mocha in the middle.
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    This has greater depth than the younger armagnacs from Darbeau with good balance showing a maturity and balance beyond its years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruity aroma with mocha and nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense richness with great balance and depth. A delightful Victoria plum and prune taste with a nutty middle mouth. A long, fruity finish with some toffee and mocha in the middle.
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  9. Delord Vintage 1961 Bas Armagnac
    Another great Armagnac from the Delord House. Distilled over 50 years ago it has a deep richness which is highly regarded by Armagnac connoisseurs.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee and vanilla, with a touch of orange and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light, mellow flavours of coffee, cocoa and wood.
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    Another great Armagnac from the Delord House. Distilled over 50 years ago it has a deep richness which is highly regarded by Armagnac connoisseurs.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee and vanilla, with a touch of orange and cocoa.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light, mellow flavours of coffee, cocoa and wood.
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  10. Montal Vintage Bas Armagnac 1959
    The fruitiness seems to get richer every year with these fine old armagnacs and there is excellent depth of flavour.
    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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    The fruitiness seems to get richer every year with these fine old armagnacs and there is excellent depth of flavour.
    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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  11. Delord Vintage 1960 Bas Armagnac

    Distilled in 1960 and barrel aged until its recent bottling, this is another fine armagnac from the House of Delord.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, butter, coffee, wood and orange liqueur
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and balanced, there are flavours of orange and coffee.
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    Excl. VAT: £398.79 Incl. VAT: £478.55

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    Distilled in 1960 and barrel aged until its recent bottling, this is another fine armagnac from the House of Delord.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, butter, coffee, wood and orange liqueur
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Mellow and balanced, there are flavours of orange and coffee.
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  12. Clos des Saveurs 1969 Bas Armagnac

    Armagnacs harvested in 1969 are becoming quite a rarity. As the vintage runs out bottles of these wonderful gems will continue to increase in value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime and Verbena.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rounded and well balanced with plum and prune flavours.
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    Armagnacs harvested in 1969 are becoming quite a rarity. As the vintage runs out bottles of these wonderful gems will continue to increase in value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime and Verbena.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rounded and well balanced with plum and prune flavours.
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