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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. Gélas 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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  2. Castarède 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: £711.37 Incl. VAT: £853.64

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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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  3. Baron de Lustrac 1949 Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    The grapes for this armagnac were harvested in 1949, just a few years after the end of WWII. Although produced by a negociant, only the finest armagnac eaux de vie are selected to be aged in vintage casks. Still in excellent condition, this bottle is wrapped in cellophane and comes in its original wooden presentation box.

    Did you know?  In 1949 George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-four.  In the US, the National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed and Captain James Gallagher, in a Boeing B-50, completed the world’s first non-stop circumnavigation flight around the world, starting and finishing in Texas.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich nutty, roasted almond and dried prunes with sweet spices
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    Excl. VAT: £719.90 Incl. VAT: £863.88

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    The grapes for this armagnac were harvested in 1949, just a few years after the end of WWII. Although produced by a negociant, only the finest armagnac eaux de vie are selected to be aged in vintage casks. Still in excellent condition, this bottle is wrapped in cellophane and comes in its original wooden presentation box.

    Did you know?  In 1949 George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-four.  In the US, the National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed and Captain James Gallagher, in a Boeing B-50, completed the world’s first non-stop circumnavigation flight around the world, starting and finishing in Texas.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich nutty, roasted almond and dried prunes with sweet spices
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  4. Darbeau 1951 Bas Armagnac

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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rich aromas of plum, mocha, nuts and pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This well-aged armagnac has great depth and balance. Intense flavours of Victoria plum and prune with hints of nuts. Fruitiness in the tail but also toffee and mocha.
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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: Rich aromas of plum, mocha, nuts and pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This well-aged armagnac has great depth and balance. Intense flavours of Victoria plum and prune with hints of nuts. Fruitiness in the tail but also toffee and mocha.
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  5. Delord 1952 Bas Armagnac

    Vanilla and liquorice are the flavours of this pretty mahogany coloured armagnac from a superb producer.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, pepper, bitter orange and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Flavours of vanilla and liquorice and a long finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £733.45 Incl. VAT: £880.14

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    Vanilla and liquorice are the flavours of this pretty mahogany coloured armagnac from a superb producer.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, pepper, bitter orange and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Flavours of vanilla and liquorice and a long finish.
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  6. Clos des Saveurs 1958 Armagnac

    Produced by traditional methods, this 1958 vintage armagnac was distilled over 60 years ago in the Gascony region of south west France. Although production methods are similar to those used for cognac, armagnacs only have a single distillation.

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    Excl. VAT: £739.46 Incl. VAT: £887.35

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    Produced by traditional methods, this 1958 vintage armagnac was distilled over 60 years ago in the Gascony region of south west France. Although production methods are similar to those used for cognac, armagnacs only have a single distillation.

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