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Armagnac

Armagnac is often referred to as the oldest and youngest brandy in France being first distilled in the middle of the 15th century in adapted perfume stills probably brought over by the Moors. It is also regarded as the youngest since the Armagnaçais are still arguing over how to distil it. The region has always been a very special example of that elusive concept la France profonde, even now well away from the madding crowds, the motorways and the industrial eyesores of modern France. It is tucked away about a hundred miles south of Bordeaux, a land of near perfect rural paradise, gentle, fair and fertile countryside and home to rich food such as foie gras and truffles. This is where countless small firms distil their wines (mainly by single distillation) which are aged in oak barrels for many years until perfected and then kept in glass bonbonnes. Some very rare old armagnacs may date from the 19th century, others, perhaps not quite as old still share the exclusivity with their fruitiness and rich pruny flavours created in the land of rural bliss which we know today as Gascony.

The vineyard area of around twelve thousand hectares is only about a fifth of its big brother cognac to the north but the individual skills of the many small producers have created a wealth of individual aged armagnacs and rapidly dwindling vintages, available at Brandyclassics where we stock a range normally beyond the reach of many collectors and connoisseurs.


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  1. Delord Vintage 1994 Bas Armagnac

    Distilled over 20 years ago this is one of the youngest vintage armagnacs that we stock. Powerful flavours with notes of vanilla and toast are finished off with cooked apple aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of candied fruits, vanilla, cocoa and butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful flavour has notes of vanilla and toast finishing with cooked apple aromas.
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    Excl. VAT: £61.12 Incl. VAT: £73.34

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    Distilled over 20 years ago this is one of the youngest vintage armagnacs that we stock. Powerful flavours with notes of vanilla and toast are finished off with cooked apple aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of candied fruits, vanilla, cocoa and butter.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful flavour has notes of vanilla and toast finishing with cooked apple aromas.
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  2. Clos des Saveurs 1990 Bas Armagnac

    These fine armagnacs are collected by an old cellar master with vast experience and the quality is very high. The presentation is excellent and we are pleased that the firm use the traditional dark green basquaise bottles. 

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Interesting aromas of kumquats and tarragon herbs with coriander.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A great armagnac and for its age has many fine qualities including some citrus flavours of mandarin and banana with a spicy cumin and mace palate.
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    Excl. VAT: £62.20 Incl. VAT: £74.64

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    These fine armagnacs are collected by an old cellar master with vast experience and the quality is very high. The presentation is excellent and we are pleased that the firm use the traditional dark green basquaise bottles. 

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Interesting aromas of kumquats and tarragon herbs with coriander.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A great armagnac and for its age has many fine qualities including some citrus flavours of mandarin and banana with a spicy cumin and mace palate.
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  3. Delord Vintage 1993 Bas Armagnac

    This armagnac is soft and creamy with flavours of candied fruits, quince and apricot. The house of Delord was established in 1893 so this wonderful, shimmering old gold vintage was distilled in its centenary year.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruit compote, vanilla, cinnamon and pepper.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Candied fruits, quince and apricot . The finish is very long with lovely notes of some spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £62.50 Incl. VAT: £75.00

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    This armagnac is soft and creamy with flavours of candied fruits, quince and apricot. The house of Delord was established in 1893 so this wonderful, shimmering old gold vintage was distilled in its centenary year.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruit compote, vanilla, cinnamon and pepper.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Candied fruits, quince and apricot . The finish is very long with lovely notes of some spices.
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  4. Delord Vintage 1992 Bas Armagnac

    An armagnac with character from Delord. It was distilled in 1992 and aged in wooden barrels until its recent bottling. It is contact with the wood that has helped give its beautiful colour of old gold with copper highlights.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromatic with notes of vanilla, oak and a hint of cinnamon.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried apricot and prune flavours with notes of roasted wheat and tobacco notes.
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    Excl. VAT: £63.16 Incl. VAT: £75.79

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    An armagnac with character from Delord. It was distilled in 1992 and aged in wooden barrels until its recent bottling. It is contact with the wood that has helped give its beautiful colour of old gold with copper highlights.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Aromatic with notes of vanilla, oak and a hint of cinnamon.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried apricot and prune flavours with notes of roasted wheat and tobacco notes.
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  5. Delord 20 Year Old Bas Armagnac

    Although still quite small, Delord rank amongst the greats in Gascogne. Their distillation is around 60 degrees and this provides many of the traditional prune and fruit flavours of the region but also many of the rich nutty flavours of spirits distilled at a higher range. They are also small enough to have more individuality between vintages although all their armagnacs gain greater maturity with age.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and dried fruits and an aromatic richness with notes of soft spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones and notes of soft spices such as cinnamon
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    Excl. VAT: £63.97 Incl. VAT: £76.76

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    Although still quite small, Delord rank amongst the greats in Gascogne. Their distillation is around 60 degrees and this provides many of the traditional prune and fruit flavours of the region but also many of the rich nutty flavours of spirits distilled at a higher range. They are also small enough to have more individuality between vintages although all their armagnacs gain greater maturity with age.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and dried fruits and an aromatic richness with notes of soft spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums and prunes with some delicious almond nutty tones and notes of soft spices such as cinnamon
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  6. Castarède Vintage 1989 Bas Armagnac

    Still a family run business, Castarede is a highly respected Armagnac house and the oldest in existence.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light nose of pear with vanilla aromas and a hint of toast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dainty and fruity.
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    Still a family run business, Castarede is a highly respected Armagnac house and the oldest in existence.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light nose of pear with vanilla aromas and a hint of toast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dainty and fruity.
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  7. Delord Vintage 1991 Bas Armagnac

    Concours des Armagnacs à Eauze 2011 - Silver Medal

    The bottling process, labeling, wax sealing and gold embossing of these wonderful Delord armagnacs are done by hand by a team of only two or three workers. Artisanal production at its best.

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    Excl. VAT: £64.03 Incl. VAT: £76.84

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    Concours des Armagnacs à Eauze 2011 - Silver Medal

    The bottling process, labeling, wax sealing and gold embossing of these wonderful Delord armagnacs are done by hand by a team of only two or three workers. Artisanal production at its best.

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  8. Domaine du Cardinat 1988 Bas Armagnac

    Concours des Grandes Eaux de Vie d'Armagnac 2012 - Gold Medal

    Rich fruit aromas of dates and sultanas coupled with some mixed spices. The flavour is very rich and exhibits some pineapple, mixed spice and sultana flavours. Presented in the traditional basquaise bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich fruit aromas of dates and sultanas coupled with some mixed spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The flavour is very rich and exhibits some pineapple, mixed spice and sultana flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £64.63 Incl. VAT: £77.56

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    Concours des Grandes Eaux de Vie d'Armagnac 2012 - Gold Medal

    Rich fruit aromas of dates and sultanas coupled with some mixed spices. The flavour is very rich and exhibits some pineapple, mixed spice and sultana flavours. Presented in the traditional basquaise bottle.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich fruit aromas of dates and sultanas coupled with some mixed spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The flavour is very rich and exhibits some pineapple, mixed spice and sultana flavours.
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  9. Clos des Saveurs 1989 Bas Armagnac

    With over 30 years of experience maturing Armagnac, Eric Artiguelongue the Clos des Saveurs Cellar Master, is able to offer some of the appellation's greatest undiscovered gems.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Candied fruit and prune
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Good balance, rounded and smooth with notes of cocoa
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    Excl. VAT: £64.87 Incl. VAT: £77.84

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    With over 30 years of experience maturing Armagnac, Eric Artiguelongue the Clos des Saveurs Cellar Master, is able to offer some of the appellation's greatest undiscovered gems.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Candied fruit and prune
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Good balance, rounded and smooth with notes of cocoa
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  10. Delord Vintage 1990 Bas Armagnac

    Handwritten labels and wax sealed necks are a characteristic hallmark of Delord armagnac products worldwide.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, brioche, dried fruits and notes of cocoa
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried fruit and vanilla with buttery notes. A complexity of flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £65.16 Incl. VAT: £78.19

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    Handwritten labels and wax sealed necks are a characteristic hallmark of Delord armagnac products worldwide.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, brioche, dried fruits and notes of cocoa
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried fruit and vanilla with buttery notes. A complexity of flavours.
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  11. Clos des Saveurs 1988 Bas Armagnac
    This well known independent cellar master located in Arblade le Haut, Gers has found some really fine armagnacs that are, for their age, extremely well matured and developed.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: A fruity start with a hint of summer straw, brioche and yeasty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a fresh bread taste with that of macadamia nuts. What is surprising about this armagnac is its balance and long, rich finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £66.11 Incl. VAT: £79.33

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    This well known independent cellar master located in Arblade le Haut, Gers has found some really fine armagnacs that are, for their age, extremely well matured and developed.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: A fruity start with a hint of summer straw, brioche and yeasty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a fresh bread taste with that of macadamia nuts. What is surprising about this armagnac is its balance and long, rich finish.
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  12. Delord Vintage 1989 Bas Armagnac

    A velvety textured spirit produced by the highly regarded House of Delord.

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    Excl. VAT: £66.73 Incl. VAT: £80.08

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    A velvety textured spirit produced by the highly regarded House of Delord.

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