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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 1957 Bas Armagnac

    Produced in the premier armagnac cru, Bas Armagnac, this is complex and well balanced with a notable degree of richness and flavours of crystalised fruits.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A complex and rich nose with aromas of flowers and dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The flavours are well balanced with a degree of richness. Crystalised fruits and notes of liquorice.
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    Excl. VAT: £819.34 Incl. VAT: £983.21

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    Produced in the premier armagnac cru, Bas Armagnac, this is complex and well balanced with a notable degree of richness and flavours of crystalised fruits.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A complex and rich nose with aromas of flowers and dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The flavours are well balanced with a degree of richness. Crystalised fruits and notes of liquorice.
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  2. Delord Vintage 1948 Bas Armagnac

    Good armagnac in the traditional basquaise bottle with rich plummy flavours. These bottles are more expensive than the modern ones used today but were used for more than a hundred years.

    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: £838.59 Incl. VAT: £1,006.31

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    Good armagnac in the traditional basquaise bottle with rich plummy flavours. These bottles are more expensive than the modern ones used today but were used for more than a hundred years.

    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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  3. Clos des Saveurs 1956 Armagnac

    Eric Artiguelongue selects only the very finest vintages to sell under his brand. Aromas of toasted coffee and dried flowers give way to flavours of white fruits with notes of sweet spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Toasted coffee and dried flowers
    Flavour:
    Flavour: White fruits with notes of sweet spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £839.00 Incl. VAT: £1,006.80

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    Eric Artiguelongue selects only the very finest vintages to sell under his brand. Aromas of toasted coffee and dried flowers give way to flavours of white fruits with notes of sweet spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Toasted coffee and dried flowers
    Flavour:
    Flavour: White fruits with notes of sweet spices.
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  4. Delord Vintage 1946 Bas Armagnac

    Wonderful armagnac with lots of prune and plum flavours. Very smooth and easy to drink. A superb rich and lovely vintage which should be savoured.

    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: £840.18 Incl. VAT: £1,008.22

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    Wonderful armagnac with lots of prune and plum flavours. Very smooth and easy to drink. A superb rich and lovely vintage which should be savoured.

    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 1944 Bas Armagnac

    A good year for this armagnac. It is round and with good balance, flavours of crystalised and dried fruits but with a richness and slight mustiness of a true rancio.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very complex and pleasant, spicy aromas of vanilla and cinnamon, with old leather and touches of butter
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich, few tannins but they are still present. Very long Armagnac
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    Excl. VAT: £850.61 Incl. VAT: £1,020.73

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    A good year for this armagnac. It is round and with good balance, flavours of crystalised and dried fruits but with a richness and slight mustiness of a true rancio.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very complex and pleasant, spicy aromas of vanilla and cinnamon, with old leather and touches of butter
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich, few tannins but they are still present. Very long Armagnac
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  6. Clos des Saveurs 1955 Armagnac

    The Clos des Saveurs house offers a range of vintage armagnacs with authentic aromas and flavours. This 1955 has an intensely fruity nose and flavours of vanilla and dried spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An intensely fruity nose with aromas of plum and quince.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate it has soft and generous flavours of woody vanilla followed by a dried spice finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £859.99 Incl. VAT: £1,031.99

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    The Clos des Saveurs house offers a range of vintage armagnacs with authentic aromas and flavours. This 1955 has an intensely fruity nose and flavours of vanilla and dried spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An intensely fruity nose with aromas of plum and quince.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate it has soft and generous flavours of woody vanilla followed by a dried spice finish.
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  7. J de Malliac 1945 Bas Armagnac
    A fine, elegant, yet aromatic Armagnac from a well respected producer. Only 149 were produced in 1945 so, having been aged in oak barrels for over 40 years, they are becoming increasingly rare.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: A deep nose, reminiscent of an oil distilled from flowers
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A natural floral taste on the palate, well aged with good balance
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    Excl. VAT: £889.52 Incl. VAT: £1,067.42

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    A fine, elegant, yet aromatic Armagnac from a well respected producer. Only 149 were produced in 1945 so, having been aged in oak barrels for over 40 years, they are becoming increasingly rare.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: A deep nose, reminiscent of an oil distilled from flowers
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A natural floral taste on the palate, well aged with good balance
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  8. Clos des Saveurs 1953 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Distilled by the traditional method over 65 years ago, this exceptional 1953 vintage armagnac has a rich rancio and flavours of dried fruits and spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful nose of dried fruit, almonds, butter and spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich rancio with flavours of dried fruits and spices in the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £898.12 Incl. VAT: £1,077.74

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    Distilled by the traditional method over 65 years ago, this exceptional 1953 vintage armagnac has a rich rancio and flavours of dried fruits and spices.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful nose of dried fruit, almonds, butter and spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich rancio with flavours of dried fruits and spices in the tail.
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  9. Delord Vintage 1944 Bas Armagnac

    Great year, very little still available but excellent quality. Like many from the top cru "Bas", rarer vintages are running out and this is particularly good.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pruney with some delicious roasted walnut tones. They have a deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs. These older vintages are some of the finest still available.
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    Excl. VAT: £940.72 Incl. VAT: £1,128.86

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    Great year, very little still available but excellent quality. Like many from the top cru "Bas", rarer vintages are running out and this is particularly good.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Deep prune and walnut complexity with some oak and nutty aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pruney with some delicious roasted walnut tones. They have a deep richness which is highly regarded by connoisseurs. These older vintages are some of the finest still available.
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  10. Clos des Saveurs 1950 Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Very much an artisanal product, this unique vintage armagnac was distilled in the mid-twentieth century. Long ageing in oak barrels has produced an elegant flavour with complex aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex with notes of vanilla and ginger
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very elegant with flavours of liquorice and saffron.
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    Excl. VAT: £946.88 Incl. VAT: £1,136.26

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    Very much an artisanal product, this unique vintage armagnac was distilled in the mid-twentieth century. Long ageing in oak barrels has produced an elegant flavour with complex aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex with notes of vanilla and ginger
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very elegant with flavours of liquorice and saffron.
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  11. Clos des Saveurs 1945 Armagnac

    This brand only supplies armagnac produced by growers. Powerful and complex on the nose, the 1945 is full of flavour and very rounded.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime leaves, muscat grapes and raw pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried sultanas, toasted almonds and cloves
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    Excl. VAT: £949.00 Incl. VAT: £1,138.80

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    This brand only supplies armagnac produced by growers. Powerful and complex on the nose, the 1945 is full of flavour and very rounded.  

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Lime leaves, muscat grapes and raw pineapple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dried sultanas, toasted almonds and cloves
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  12. Baron de Lustrac 1936 Bas Armagnac
    Only one bottle remaining
    This wonderful example of a 1936 vintage armagnac comes from the top cru of Bas. Although produced by a negociant, only the finest eaux de vie are selected to be aged in vintage casks. Still in excellent condition, this bottle comes in its original wooden presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and nuts, crystalised
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Crystalised fruit, damsons and prunes
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    Excl. VAT: £951.23 Incl. VAT: £1,141.48

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    This wonderful example of a 1936 vintage armagnac comes from the top cru of Bas. Although produced by a negociant, only the finest eaux de vie are selected to be aged in vintage casks. Still in excellent condition, this bottle comes in its original wooden presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Prunes and nuts, crystalised
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Crystalised fruit, damsons and prunes
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