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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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A superb Bas-Armagnac from Château du Tariquet, this was aged for between 10 to 12 years.  More info
$75.65
Each of the various Armagnac grapes adds its own distinctive character. This is made only from Folle Blanche - a grape known for its delicate piquancy.  More info
$80.23
This is a delicious Armagnac, produced by Clos Martin in the premier Bas region. It is distilled from Folle Blanche - a robust grape known for making spicy, piquant spirit.  More info
$81.43
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
$47.57
Good gosh, a 1944 vintage Bas-Armagnac from Delord. An incredibly rare piece from their extensive selection of vintages, this ancient Armagnac would make a fine gift for an Armagnac fan born in...  More info
$465.32
Vintage Armagnac, produced by the House of Delord all the way back in 1964! Delord was founded in 1893 by Prosper Delord, who had quite an apt name, as his distillery certainly would prosper over the...  More info
$193.57
Domaine Boingnères was founded by Jean Boingnères in 1807. Six generations later, the family still make some of the Armagnac region's finest brandies. This particular 1968 vintage offers up an...  More info
$597.36
The Boingnères Armagnacs are distilled to 52% (allowing the maximum of congeners to pass over into the spirit) and then aged in a very specific manner. Half of the new spirit is put into new charred...  More info
An utterly divine single grape Armagnac from Domaine Boingnères, this 1984 vintage is fruity, rich and incredibly complex.  More info
$233.76
Created using just the Bacco grape, this is a spicy, rich brandy, with notes of prune, vanilla and rancio, after an ageing period of between 10 and 30 years in 420 litre oak barrels.  More info
$159.57
A rich, full-bodied armagnac made with Baco grapes. They distil this in the heart of Bas Armagnac, and they always distil at the beginning of winter, when the wines are still young.  More info
This stunning Armagnac was distilled from the Bacco grape in the premier region of Armagnac, the Bas. This is aged in oak for between 10 and 30 years before bottling. A beautiful 1981 vintage from...  More info
$134.65
Domaine Hourtica 1980
(70cl, 42%)
A 1980 vintage Bas Armagnac from Domaine Hourtica. They age their spirit in 420 litre oak barrels. This Armagnac is floral, oaky and sweet with notes of vanilla, butter and cloves.  More info
Domaine Hourtica 1986
(70cl, 40%)
Top notch Bas-Armagnac from Domaine Hourtica, distilled in 1986 and aged in 420 litre oak barrels before bottling. Floral, creamy and spiced!  More info
This "aimable" bottle of VSOP Armagnac from Ducastaing dates back to 1960. Rare and no doubt collectible to somebody...  More info
$195.48
Janneau 5 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A 5 year old Armagnac with a light body and a great fruity flavour. This is a superb digestif with notes of apricot and oak, particularly good in a cocktail. Try this Janneau armagnac in a Mercenary...  More info
$39.24
In honour of 150 years producing brilliant Armagnac in 2001, The House of Janneau produced even more brilliant Armagnac! This one is a bit special, as it was aged in sherry casks for 25 years. A...  More info
$156.38
Maison Janneau is one of the oldest Armagnac houses, founded in 1851 in Condom (it's a place trust me) in Armagnac.  More info
$138.38
Janneau VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
A blend of Armagnacs aged for at least 7 years in Montlezun oak. Janneau VSOP is packaged in a Basquaise bottle and it has a smooth, aromatic style.  More info
$48.02
Janneau XO Royal
(70cl, 40%)
12 year old Armagnac from Janneau, this XO is packaged in a handsome Basquaise bottle, and it comes in a Metal Box which is made in Italy. The box is coloured blue, the same blue of lapis-lazuli - the...  More info
$96.44
La Grande Josiane
(50cl, 36%)
A French, Armagnac-based orange liqueur that offers more complexity than the standard citrus offering.  More info
$41.41
This is a bottle of the Lafontan Armagnac 3* from the 1960s. The House of Lafontan has been producing fine Armagnac since 1897 and continues to do so to this day.  More info
$195.48
Marquis de Caussade is one of the leading houses of Armagnac and this seventeen year old bottled in the 1970's is an excellent example of this fine Armagnac.  More info
$117.29
Napoleon d'Or VSOP is a 5 year old Armagnac, bottled for the German market during the 1970s. Great stuff.  More info
An well-aged Armagnac distilled in Condom (no childish giggles, please!). Lots of complexity and body, highly recommended.  More info
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$75.41
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