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Armagnac

Armagnac is one of France’s oldest spirits, in fact it was in production over 150 years before Cognac and whilst Cognac’s popularity rather over-shadows its Gascon cousin, Armagnac is one of the world’s most stunning drinks - it’s an elegant, if slightly rustic, eau-de-vie. The Armagnac region lies in the Pays de Gascogne in the southwest of France. The area possesses a rich culture and the landscape is beautiful and widely cultivated for farming. The most popular grape varietals used in the production of Armagnac include Ugni Blanc, Bacco, Folle Blanche and Colombard and the region is divided into three appellations; Bas, Haut and Ténarèze.

Armagnac is singly distilled in an Alembic pot still and this makes for an initially rough spirit which, with age, becomes earthy, robust and full-bodied.

The vast majority of Armagnac produces are farmers who distil a little spirit every year to provide extra income and an enjoyable libation for themselves, but their product is seldom sold outside the reaches of their local towns and villages. There are only a few world-famous Armagnac distillers and Château du Tariquet is perhaps the best known.

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Baron De Lustrac 1982
(70cl, 40%)
A 1982 vintage Bas-Armagnac from Baron de Lustrac. Opens with vibrant floral and fruit touch, before diving into an exciting pool of spicy notes.  More info
$122.32
Beautifully crafted Bas-Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac. The company owns one short column still which is almost a century old, and it produces around 50-60 casks a year.  More info
$49.98
A gold award winner at the 2005 International Spirits Challenge. This superb 20 year old Bas-Armagnac is made by a family that trace their roots back to the 12th Century. The Armagnac they make is...  More info
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$80.87
An excellent 25-year-old Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac.  More info
$144.85
50 year old Armagnac from Baron De Sigognac, who have a large archive of well-aged spirits from years gone by. It is housed in a rather handsome decanter along with a wooden presentation case.  More info
$457.15
Baron de Sigognac VS
(70cl, 40%)
Classic VS Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac, as far as brandy goes, this is exceptional value for money!  More info
$38.43
This complex, balanced VSOP Armagnac won a Silver Medal at the International Spirit Challenge in London 2004. This was aged for 6 months in new oak before 7 years in old oak. A fine digestif from top...  More info
$42.46
An XO Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac, who have won many awards for their delightful expressions. This particular Armagnac features eaux-de-vie aged for at least six years, before it was expertly...  More info
$102.97
Chateau de Lassalle's Hors d'Âge Bas Armagnac is a blend which has been aged for 12 years at the family estate in the Gers department before bottling. The nose is delicate with hints of citrus...  More info
$103.66
A 1979 Grand Bas Armagnac, produced by the Chateau de Lassalle. A very rare and well aged expression, rich, smooth and packed with black fig notes.  More info
$151.47
Château du Tariquet's L’Armagnac du Centenaire is a fabulous Bas-Armagnac distilled from a variety of grapes. These include Folle Blanche for elegance and fragrance, Ugni Blanc for freshness and...  More info
$329.20
A great blend of Bas-Armagnacs from Château du Tariquet aged for at least 3 years, superb value for money for such poise.  More info
$40.56
Château du Tariquet craft some superb Bas-Armagnacs. This was aged for at least 7 years, beautifully balanced with a hint of rancio.  More info
$44.44
Château du Tariquet XO is a delicious Bas-Armagnac which was distilled from 60% Ugni Blanc and 40% Baco grapes, aged for a minimum of 15 years before bottling. This is a delicious after-dinner...  More info
$77.01
Produced in the Bas region of France, the vintage 1988 Clos Martin Armagnac is absolutely brilliant. It is distilled from Folle Blanche grapes, which aren't used all that much, but they give the...  More info
$99.05
A gorgeous set of Clos Martin 30 year old, single terroir Bas Armagnac - rich with vanilla, dark fruits and rancio - presented in a stylish case alongside two tasting glasses. A perfect gift for...  More info
$158.65
Astoundingly old single terroir Bas Armagnac from Clos Martin. A very rare expression which has been matured for 50 years(!) before it was bottled as part of their Vieille Réserve collection...  More info
$404.77
A cracking box set of three 20cl bottles of single cepage Armagnac (made from the Folle Blanche grape), this includes a bottle of the 8 year old VSOP, the 15 year old XO and the vintage 1986.  More info
$76.59
An 8 year old VSOP from Clos Martin. This was distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, which lends the spirit a delicate spiciness and elegant flavour profile.  More info
$46.82
A Folle Blanche Bas-Armagnac from Clos Martin. The Folle Blanche grape is known for its elegance and piquancy. This was aged for 15 years before bottling, and offers a great flavour of stewed fruits...  More info
$57.93
A three star Armagnac from Clés des Ducs, each Armagnac has been aged in Limousin oak for at least 2 years. Clés des Ducs have been making their popular Armagnac since 1774 in Panjas, within the...  More info
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$54.43
This VSOP Armagnac was made by Clés Des Ducs, which roughly translates to "The Keys of the Dukes", which sounds awfully royal and important. Unsurprisingly, this has influenced their fantastic...  More info
$67.65
Clés des Ducs XO
(70cl, 40%)
XO Armagnac from Clés des Ducs in the Bas Armagnac region of France. Presented in a rather handsome decanter that would not look out of place on the set of Mad Men.  More info
$89.07
A 3 star (or VS, as it is more commonly known these days) Armagnac from Comte de Ferragut. This will have been made from a blend of armagnacs, all of which have matured in oak for at least two years...  More info
$44.75
While the brandies in both XO and Napoleon Armagnac must be aged for at least six years, many producers choose to have them be distinct expressions, which can show off the blending prowess and their...  More info
$53.25
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