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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. Darbeau Vintage 1967 Bas Armagnac

    The small inperfections in distillation and ageing make this one of the more interesting armagnacs for dedicated armagnac drinkers.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha, nuts and pineapple.
    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 mocha exist in the middle.
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    The small inperfections in distillation and ageing make this one of the more interesting armagnacs for dedicated armagnac drinkers.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha, nuts and pineapple.
    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 mocha exist in the middle.
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  2. Castarède Vintage 1968 Bas Armagnac

    Another gem from the cellars at Chateau de Maniban, the 1968 is distilled lower than most in the range and is probably one of the nicest from this particular distiller.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A little herbal with some bay, nutmeg and prune
    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: £214.95 Incl. VAT: £257.94

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    Another gem from the cellars at Chateau de Maniban, the 1968 is distilled lower than most in the range and is probably one of the nicest from this particular distiller.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A little herbal with some bay, nutmeg and prune
    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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  3. Castarède Vintage 1967 Bas Armagnac

    There are a number of gems in the Castarede range. The 1967 is a classic, with a darker and richer taste of prunes and roasted walnuts, it was hidden away in a dark cellar for many years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Charming nose with leather notes which reflect its old age, and some touches of vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Smooth in the mouth it is round but spicy, with prunes, spices, harmonious tanins and wood flavours. Well balanced with no acidity, this armagnac is voluptuous with an exceptional structure.
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    There are a number of gems in the Castarede range. The 1967 is a classic, with a darker and richer taste of prunes and roasted walnuts, it was hidden away in a dark cellar for many years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Charming nose with leather notes which reflect its old age, and some touches of vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Smooth in the mouth it is round but spicy, with prunes, spices, harmonious tanins and wood flavours. Well balanced with no acidity, this armagnac is voluptuous with an exceptional structure.
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  4. Delord Vintage 1968 Bas Armagnac

    The Armagnac Delord story started in 1893 when Prosper Delord, travelling distiller and cellar master, took his alambic still from farm to farm, transforming white wine into Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee, preserved lemon, vanilla and pine.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense, complex, and full with flavours of coffee, cocoa and preserved orange.
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    The Armagnac Delord story started in 1893 when Prosper Delord, travelling distiller and cellar master, took his alambic still from farm to farm, transforming white wine into Armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee, preserved lemon, vanilla and pine.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense, complex, and full with flavours of coffee, cocoa and preserved orange.
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  5. Delord Vintage 1967 Bas Armagnac

    A light amber nectar with delightful orangey tints, this armagnac is classic in appearance. Made in the heart of the Bas Armagnac region, it has flavours of vanilla, almond and pepper and is very well balanced.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Bouquet of vanilla from the West Indies.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Vanilla, almond, creamy desserts and pepper.
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    A light amber nectar with delightful orangey tints, this armagnac is classic in appearance. Made in the heart of the Bas Armagnac region, it has flavours of vanilla, almond and pepper and is very well balanced.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Bouquet of vanilla from the West Indies.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Vanilla, almond, creamy desserts and pepper.
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  6. Delord Vintage 1966 Bas Armagnac
    Another classic, rich armagnac produced by this well known family firm who have a large range of very high quality vintages.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruit, liquorice and some oak coupled with a good rancio.
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    Another classic, rich armagnac produced by this well known family firm who have a large range of very high quality vintages.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruit, liquorice and some oak coupled with a good rancio.
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  7. Delord Vintage 1965 Bas Armagnac

    After more than 40 years of ageing, Delord armagnacs have reached a greater maturity and can often develop a rancio or enrichening of the spirit.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromas of vanilla, coffee and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful, strong flavours of liquorice, wood and pepper and a long finish.
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    After more than 40 years of ageing, Delord armagnacs have reached a greater maturity and can often develop a rancio or enrichening of the spirit.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromas of vanilla, coffee and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful, strong flavours of liquorice, wood and pepper and a long finish.
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  8. 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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    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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  9. Delord Vintage 1964 Bas Armagnac

    A very rich Armagnac, deep gold in colour and with an aroma of butter and spices with some oak.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, mushroom, undergrowth, damp earth, spice and polished wood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Flowers, pepper and a rancio that reveals a carefully managed maturation.
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    A very rich Armagnac, deep gold in colour and with an aroma of butter and spices with some oak.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Butter, mushroom, undergrowth, damp earth, spice and polished wood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Flowers, pepper and a rancio that reveals a carefully managed maturation.
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  10. Delord Vintage 1969 Bas Armagnac

    You will be won over by this Armagnac's amber colour with numerous shades of orange and gold and aromas of vanilla, coffee, pepper and praline.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, coffee, pepper and praline.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well balanced with flavours of liquorice and pepper and a long, intense finish.
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    You will be won over by this Armagnac's amber colour with numerous shades of orange and gold and aromas of vanilla, coffee, pepper and praline.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, coffee, pepper and praline.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well balanced with flavours of liquorice and pepper and a long, intense finish.
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  11. 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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  12. Castarède Vintage 1969 Bas Armagnac

    Unusually this is distilled at a lower range than most in the Castarede range and has a fine prune flavour. The style is unmistakenly Bas with its rich fruity flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A distinguished nose which gives some nice notes of crystallised fruits and rancio. A little herbal with some bay, nutmeg and prune.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Richer than some of Florence Castarede's armagnacs. This is much more nutty and has some toffee, prune and roasted walnut flavours.
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    Unusually this is distilled at a lower range than most in the Castarede range and has a fine prune flavour. The style is unmistakenly Bas with its rich fruity flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A distinguished nose which gives some nice notes of crystallised fruits and rancio. A little herbal with some bay, nutmeg and prune.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Richer than some of Florence Castarede's armagnacs. This is much more nutty and has some toffee, prune and roasted walnut flavours.
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