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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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Classic VS Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac, as far as brandy goes, this is exceptional value for money!  More info
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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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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
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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
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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
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Made in Gascony in the southwest of France, the Ryst Dupeyron Armagnac XO is aged between 20 to 25 years before bottling in their 100 year old stone cellars. Think of all the lovely Armagnac which has...  More info
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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
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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
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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
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A magnum bottle of Baron de Lustrac's 1973 vintage, distilled solely from Folle Blanche grapes. Lots of spiciness here!  More info
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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
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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
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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
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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
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One of France’s oldest spirits meets Drinks by the Dram’s most festive creation in a way that can only be described as sheer genius. That’s right, voilà des calendrier de l'avent au Armagnac! (That...  More info
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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
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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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Samalen's has remained a family run company since its foundation in the nineteenth century. This Armagnac was bottled in the 1970s and is a collectible but would also make for some interesting...  More info
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A superb Bas-Armagnac from Château du Tariquet, this was aged for between 10 to 12 years.  More info
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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
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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
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
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