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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 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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    Excl. VAT: £430.02 Incl. VAT: £516.02

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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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  2. Castarède Vintage 1959 Bas Armagnac

    This Bas Armagnac comes from a blend of two cepages, the Ugni Blanc and Baco. Its fawn coloured robe with some red copper gives some rancio flavours reflecting its long stay in barrels.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A spicy bouquet of sandal wood, vanilla, banana
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mouth is soft and mellow but this eau de vie has kept the nervous edge of the baco cepage
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    Excl. VAT: £498.65 Incl. VAT: £598.38

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    This Bas Armagnac comes from a blend of two cepages, the Ugni Blanc and Baco. Its fawn coloured robe with some red copper gives some rancio flavours reflecting its long stay in barrels.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A spicy bouquet of sandal wood, vanilla, banana
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mouth is soft and mellow but this eau de vie has kept the nervous edge of the baco cepage
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  3. Domaine du Cardinat 1954 Bas Armagnac

    Only 6 bottles of this vintage remain. A masterpiece of ageing in small barrels with the development of great armagnac flavour - prune, almond, cashew nuts and much more. Presented in the traditional basquaise bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A style aroma of woody and spicy qualities with raisins, pineapple, straw, nuts and herbal aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great armagnac flavour - prune, almond, cashew nuts and much more.
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    Excl. VAT: £504.74 Incl. VAT: £605.69

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    Only 6 bottles of this vintage remain. A masterpiece of ageing in small barrels with the development of great armagnac flavour - prune, almond, cashew nuts and much more. Presented in the traditional basquaise bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A style aroma of woody and spicy qualities with raisins, pineapple, straw, nuts and herbal aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great armagnac flavour - prune, almond, cashew nuts and much more.
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  4. Delord Vintage 1959 Bas Armagnac

    Good armagnac but in short supply, this is a very fine armagnac with lots of fruit and great intensity of flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pruney with some delicious roasted walnut tones with a richness highly regarded by connoisseurs. These post-war vintages are of great quality, but becoming short in supply.
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    Excl. VAT: £590.08 Incl. VAT: £708.10

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    Good armagnac but in short supply, this is a very fine armagnac with lots of fruit and great intensity of flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pruney with some delicious roasted walnut tones with a richness highly regarded by connoisseurs. These post-war vintages are of great quality, but becoming short in supply.
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  5. Castarède Vintage 1953 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A fine armagnac from a vintage producer. Well balanced with flavours of dried apricots, plums and honey, some almond flavours appear also.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: A well balanced armagnac with flavours of dried apricots, plums and honey, some almond flavours appear also.
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    Excl. VAT: £591.10 Incl. VAT: £709.32

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    A fine armagnac from a vintage producer. Well balanced with flavours of dried apricots, plums and honey, some almond flavours appear also.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: A well balanced armagnac with flavours of dried apricots, plums and honey, some almond flavours appear also.
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  6. Montal Bas Armagnac Vintage 1955
    Only one bottle remaining

    Like all old vintages these are becoming rare and greatly appreciated by armagnac lovers.This is smooth and well balanced.

    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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    Excl. VAT: £593.83 Incl. VAT: £712.60

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    Like all old vintages these are becoming rare and greatly appreciated by armagnac lovers.This is smooth and well balanced.

    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. Darbeau Vintage 1956 Bas Armagnac

    Intensly fruity and rich prune and roasted walnut flavours with lots of roundness, all mixed in with huge quantities of quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha nuts and pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great depth and character to this well aged armagnac. 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 exists in the middle.
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    Intensly fruity and rich prune and roasted walnut flavours with lots of roundness, all mixed in with huge quantities of quality.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha nuts and pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great depth and character to this well aged armagnac. 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 exists in the middle.
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  8. Gelas 1955 Bas Armagnac
    Bas Armagnacs are known to be elegant and delicate. Gélas distill their wines as soon as possible after fermentation, in the old style, and the Armagnac is then kept in new, local oak barrels until bottled. This 1955 vintage has been carefully aged for half a century giving it a golden mahogany colour and amazingly complex flavours.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried plum, crystallised fruits, nut and spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The palate is fresh with spicy notes, toasted almonds and a long finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £703.50 Incl. VAT: £844.20

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    Bas Armagnacs are known to be elegant and delicate. Gélas distill their wines as soon as possible after fermentation, in the old style, and the Armagnac is then kept in new, local oak barrels until bottled. This 1955 vintage has been carefully aged for half a century giving it a golden mahogany colour and amazingly complex flavours.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried plum, crystallised fruits, nut and spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The palate is fresh with spicy notes, toasted almonds and a long finish.
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  9. Castarède Vintage 1952 Bas Armagnac

    Good armagnac with honey prune and crystalised flavours. This armagnac is well aged and beautifully balanced with all the trappings of luxury.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich prune and nutty aroma with some nutmeg
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great depth and character to this well aged armagnac. There are prune and walnut flavours but the underlying richness provides a deep and fruity middle mouth and intense but satisfying flavour
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    Excl. VAT: £711.36 Incl. VAT: £853.63

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    Good armagnac with honey prune and crystalised flavours. This armagnac is well aged and beautifully balanced with all the trappings of luxury.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich prune and nutty aroma with some nutmeg
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great depth and character to this well aged armagnac. There are prune and walnut flavours but the underlying richness provides a deep and fruity middle mouth and intense but satisfying flavour
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  10. Darbeau Vintage 1951 Bas Armagnac

    Full of flavour and very smooth for an armagnac. This is a classic armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha nuts and pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great depth and character to this well aged armagnac. 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 exists in the middle.
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    Excl. VAT: £725.33 Incl. VAT: £870.40

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    Full of flavour and very smooth for an armagnac. This is a classic armagnac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A rich plum with mocha nuts and pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Great depth and character to this well aged armagnac. 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 exists in the middle.
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  11. Delord Vintage 1954 Bas Armagnac

    Not quite as popular as some of the others but still a very good armagnac, this has been in an oak barrel for a very long time and benefitted from its maturation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pruney with some delicious roasted walnut tones with a richness highly regarded by connoisseurs. These post-war vintages are of great quality, but becoming short in supply.
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    Excl. VAT: £731.92 Incl. VAT: £878.30

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    Not quite as popular as some of the others but still a very good armagnac, this has been in an oak barrel for a very long time and benefitted from its maturation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pruney with some delicious roasted walnut tones with a richness highly regarded by connoisseurs. These post-war vintages are of great quality, but becoming short in supply.
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  12. Delord Vintage 1952 Bas Armagnac
    Fine rich pruney armagnac from a superb producer.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnuts with some oak
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. They have a deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs
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    Fine rich pruney armagnac from a superb producer.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnuts with some oak
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones. They have a deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs
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