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80th Anniversary Gifts

These vintage calvados and armagnacs are very valuable and rare being distilled 80 years ago in 1939. They have wonderful flavours but the depleting availability of these vintages makes them unique and fitting presents for your very special 80th Anniversary. Since distillation they have been aged for decades in French oak casks. Initially the newly distilled spirit is put into new oak barrels, which have been toasted to kill off the harmful tannins in the wood and about 6 – 12 months later it is transferred to old barrels where it will gradually mature. During this process the cognac reacts with some of the good tannins and clearly, the more the cognac comes into contact with the wood, the quicker this will happen but there are other factors which can slow or speed up the process. Some cellar masters prefer to use barrels made from a tightly grained oak from the Tronçais forest but a wider grained oak found in the Limousin forests can also be used. Most cognacs are aged in Limousin barrels as the spirit penetrates the wood faster than in the Tronçais barrel. Oak is the traditional gift for an 80th anniversary, while diamonds or pearls are a more modern gift. Traditionally, oak is used in place of gems or precious metals because the oak tree takes a long period of time and commitment to reach full maturity, which is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication that is necessary to sustain an 80-year marriage or to get to an 80th Anniversary. It is very fitting that this description can be directly applied to the production of the very finest cognacs!

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  1. Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup 1939 AOC Calvados
    Only one bottle remaining
    The oldest calvados that we know of. It has a dried apple skin aroma and a slightly musty flavour consistent with these old calvas
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light apple and fruit aromas with a slightly musty and lingering finish indicating long ageing in oak
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A faint musty hint of dried apple provides a delicate flavour for this smooth AOC calvados.
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    Excl. VAT: £924.79 Incl. VAT: £1,109.75

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    The oldest calvados that we know of. It has a dried apple skin aroma and a slightly musty flavour consistent with these old calvas
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light apple and fruit aromas with a slightly musty and lingering finish indicating long ageing in oak
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A faint musty hint of dried apple provides a delicate flavour for this smooth AOC calvados.
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  2. Darbeau 1939 Bas Armagnac

    The oldest we stock from this small house but certainly one of the finest with lots of complex nut and plum flavours so traditional from Bas armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Plum with mocha and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex nut and plum flavours with hints of vanilla in this well-balanced armagnac. Intensely rich with great depth and a long finish of fruit, toffee and mocha.
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    Excl. VAT: £995.56 Incl. VAT: £1,194.67

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    The oldest we stock from this small house but certainly one of the finest with lots of complex nut and plum flavours so traditional from Bas armagnacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Plum with mocha and pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex nut and plum flavours with hints of vanilla in this well-balanced armagnac. Intensely rich with great depth and a long finish of fruit, toffee and mocha.
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  3. Delord 1939 Bas Armagnac

    The remaining old vintages are becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain and their rarity is reflected in their price which regrettably will never go down.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee, vanilla, orange, cocoa and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well aged in oak, the flavours are dominated by liquorice.
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    Excl. VAT: £1,076.14 Incl. VAT: £1,291.37

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    The remaining old vintages are becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain and their rarity is reflected in their price which regrettably will never go down.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Coffee, vanilla, orange, cocoa and rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well aged in oak, the flavours are dominated by liquorice.
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