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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 1966 vintage Bas-Armagnac, from the Lannepax distillers Delord. Their cellars contain vintages that stretch back decades and decades, as proved by this handsome release.  More info
£97.71
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
£252.45
A bottling of Bas-Armagnac from Chateau de Gaube by Darroze. The Armagnac itself was distilled all the way back in 1964 and left to mature in oak until 2014, when it was bottled at 50 years old.  More info
£210.61
The 40 year old Bas-Armagnac from the Darroze 'Les Grands Assemblages' range, which spans decades and decades. At 40 years old, the oak ageing has had quite an effect on the eaux-de-vie, with lashings...  More info
£113.85
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
£27.72
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
£61.78
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
£94.47
An excellent 25-year-old Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac.  More info
£90.34
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
£55.55
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
£59.80
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
£47.77
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
£26.48
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
£48.03
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
£29.48
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
£36.13
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
£118.83
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
£33.10
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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£50.44
Distilled in 1984, this was distilled from the Bacco grape, which is a hybrid grape made from Folle Blanche and the American Noah variety (created after the Phylloxera crisis, as a grape that would be...  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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£46.29
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
A wonderful old Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac. This includes spirits that are as old as 70 years, and they make just 1,000 bottles a year. It offers hints of toffee, coffee, spicy oak and vanilla.  More info
A classic Bas-Armagnac, bottled by Alchemist. This was produced at the Chateâu de Castex, which is owned by the the Saint Patou family. It is situated in the heart of the bas region, and they've been...  More info
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
£49.25
The excellent 1983 vintage from Baron de Sigognac. This was created under the loving eye of Jean-Claude Guasch, a member of an 800 year old Gascon family.  More info
£36.58
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