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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 French, Armagnac-based orange liqueur that offers more complexity than the standard citrus offering.  More info
$41.34
A 15 year old Bas-Armagnac from Chateâu de Castex. This was bottled by Alchemist, and it really is a tremendously good Armagnac.  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
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
$58.76
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
$59.49
A stunning rich, intense Armagnac from stalwart producers Baron de Sigognac. This stuff is aged in 420 litre oak barrels which impart tannins and vanilla flavour into the brandy, as well as rich notes...  More info
$64.88
An well-aged Armagnac distilled in Condom (no childish giggles, please!). Lots of complexity and body, highly recommended.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$75.29
A superb Bas-Armagnac from Château du Tariquet, this was aged for between 10 to 12 years.  More info
$75.53
Having been aged for 5 to 7 years in the stone cellars of Ryst Dupeyron, their Armagnac VSOP tastes absolutely wonderful, just like a cellar master would want it to.  More info
$75.56
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
$78.12
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
$80.10
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
$81.30
The 1994 vintage of bold, ruby red Bas-Armagnac from the House of Delord is certainly quite a looker, that's for sure. It was made by the third and fourth set of Delord brothers at their distillery in...  More info
$81.77
This is a delicious 15 year old Bas-Armagnac from Château du Tariquet. It was distilled from nothing but the spicy, oily Folle Blanche grapes before maturation, and it has a superbly rich, fruity...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$88.65
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
$90.35
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
$100.07
Baron de Lustrac use only the best spirits from the region for distillation. They age the spirit in 420 litre barrels. This is a 1984 vintage, distilled from the Bacco grape - known for producing...  More info
Baron de Lustrac 1986
(70cl, 40%)
A 1986 vintage Bas Armagnac aged in 420 litre oak casks. The classic, rich amber hue is matched by classic fruitiness and spice. Tremendous stuff.  More info
$109.72
Baron de Lustrac 1981
(70cl, 40%)
A spicy, full bodied vintage armagnac from Baron de Lustrac. Expect notes of oak, spices and prunes, with more than a hint of rancio.  More info
$112.97
A Bas-Armagnac produced by the house of Delord in 1974 at their distillery in the village of Lannepax. The house of Delord is ran by the third and fourth set of Delord brothers, still producing fine...  More info
$113.11
Baron de Lustrac 1976
(70cl, 42%)
Distilled from Cepage Bacco grapes in 1976 and bottled in 2008. Baron de Lustrac 1976 is a well aged Bas-Armagnac, from the Domaine de Cames.  More info
$115.46
A 1982 vintage Armagnac from Ryst-Dupeyron, based in Condom-en-Armagnac. Aged in a single cask, this is one of their premium releases.  More info
$116.37
Napoleon d'Or VSOP is a 5 year old Armagnac, bottled for the German market during the 1970s. Great stuff.  More info
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
$117.10
Nismes-Delclou was founded by Baron Hausmann in 1832 in the Bas Armagnac region of France. This XO has been bottled by berry Brothers and Rudd of St James, London.  More info
$122.03
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